Stoneridge Reports Fourth-Quarter 2011 Results

- Annual Sales Reach New Record Level in 2011 -

- PST Transaction Positively Affects Results -

- 2012 Sales Guidance of $1.060 Billion to $1.120 Billion with 2012 EPS Guidance of $1.10 to $1.30 per Share -

13 Feb, 2012, 09:04 ET from Stoneridge, Inc.

WARREN, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE: SRI) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.  

Fourth-quarter 2011 net sales were $186.0 million, an increase of $25.5 million, or 15.9%, compared with $160.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in net sales was primarily due to higher volume in the commercial vehicle market in North America.  

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $38.6 million, or $1.56 per diluted share, an increase of $34.0 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, compared with net income of $4.5 million, or $.19 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The increase was primarily due to a $65.4 million pretax gain and a $42.5 million after-tax gain or $1.72 per share recognized in conjunction with Stoneridge's previously announced purchase of additional ownership in its Brazil-based PST joint venture. Offsetting the positive impact of volume gains and the PST transaction during the quarter were certain costs associated with the PST transaction, other legacy projects and previous restructuring programs which totaled $9.1 million on a pretax basis or $.27 per share as well as other cost items associated with operations which totaled $5.5 million or $.21 per share. (see attached table of "Fourth Quarter Items affecting Net Income and EPS")

For the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company reported net sales of $765.4 million, compared with $635.2 million for the same period in 2010, an increase of $130.2 million, or 20.5%. Net income for 2011 was $49.4 million or $2.00 per diluted share and increased $37.8 million to $49.4 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, compared with $11.5 million, or $.47 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2010.

As of December 31, 2011, Stoneridge's consolidated cash position was $78.8 million, an increase of $6.8 million from December 31, 2010, primarily due to cash borrowed and held to complete the final portion of the PST transaction.

Outlook

"We experienced a difficult year in 2011 due to operational underperformance in our wiring business. However, we have addressed the operating issues and have improved service levels and labor efficiency significantly. Our new business wins and growth in end markets drove a record sales year for Stoneridge," said John C. Corey, president and chief executive officer.  

"Our results for the fourth quarter, excluding the gain recognized by the PST transaction, did not meet our expectations due to costs related to legacy issues from previous restructurings, PST transaction costs and cost items associated with valuation of assets.  While these costs negatively impacted the fourth quarter results, the improvements we have made in our operations will benefit us in 2012," Corey said.

Corey added, "We look forward to 2012 with cautious optimism. We expect to return to a more normal range for gross margin based on a weaker Mexican peso, lower copper prices and operational improvements.  Though there are risks associated with our plan in 2012, especially in the European commercial vehicle market and other economic uncertainties, we believe sales from our existing business along with sales from the PST consolidation will be in the range of $1.060 billion to $1.120 billion with an EPS in the range of $1.10 per diluted share to $1.30 per diluted share."

Conference Call on the Web

A live Internet broadcast of Stoneridge's conference call regarding 2011 fourth-quarter results can be accessed at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, February 13, 2012, at www.stoneridge.com, which will also offer a webcast replay.

About Stoneridge, Inc.

Stoneridge, Inc., headquartered in Warren, Ohio, is an independent designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems principally for the commercial vehicle, automotive and agricultural and off-highway vehicle markets.  Additional information about Stoneridge can be found at www.stoneridge.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this release.  Things that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other factors, the loss of a major customer; a significant change in commercial vehicle, automotive or agricultural and off-highway vehicle production; disruption in the OEM supply chain due to bankruptcies; a significant change in general economic conditions in any of the various countries in which the Company operates; labor disruptions at the Company's facilities or at any of the Company's significant customers or suppliers; the ability of the Company's suppliers to supply the Company with parts and components at competitive prices on a timely basis; customer acceptance of new products; and the failure to achieve successful integration of any acquired company or business.  In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.  Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements contained in this release can be found in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(Tables attached)

Fourth Quarter 2011 Items affecting Net Income and EPS :

(In Millions of Dollars)

Expense/(Income)

EPS

COGS

SGA

Other

NC Interest

Tax

Net Income

Impacts

Legacy or Previous Restructuring Activity Related:

BCS non-cash Goodwill Impairment, net of elimination of earnout

-

4.5

-

(2.4)

-

2.1

$         (0.08)

Contractual and Environmental Related (SPL Lease/Sarasota Remediation)

-

1.1

-

-

-

1.1

$         (0.05)

ERP Cost Write Down

-

0.8

-

-

-

0.8

$         (0.03)

Subtotal

-

6.4

-

(2.4)

-

4.0

$         (0.16)

PST Transaction Related :

Non- Cash Gain on PST Transaction

-

-

(65.4)

-

22.9

(42.5)

$           1.72

Long Term Incentive Compensation

-

2.4

-

-

-

2.4

$         (0.10)

PST Transaction Fees

-

0.3

-

-

-

0.3

$         (0.01)

Subtotal

-

2.7

(65.4)

-

22.9

(39.8)

$           1.61

     Subtotal Legacy/Restructuring/PST Transaction

-

9.1

(65.4)

(2.4)

22.9

(35.8)

$           1.45

Other Items affecting Net Income and EPS :

Annual Physical Inventory Adjustments/Excess Scrap

1.6

-

-

(0.4)

-

1.2

$         (0.05)

Increased Maintenance/Repair Expense

0.9

-

-

-

-

0.9

$         (0.04)

Unfavorable Overhead/Direct Labor Cost from Inventory reduction  

0.8

-

-

-

-

0.8

$         (0.03)

Unfavorable Purchase Price Variance of Materials

1.1

-

-

-

-

1.1

$         (0.05)

Increased Warranty Expense

1.1

-

-

-

-

1.1

$         (0.04)

Total Other Items affecting Net Income :

5.5

-

-

(0.4)

-

5.1

$         (0.21)

     Total Fourth Quarter 2011 Items affecting Net Income and EPS

5.5

9.1

(65.4)

(2.8)

22.9

(30.7)

$           1.24

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

Three months ended

For the years ended

December 31,

December 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2011

2010

2011

2010

As adjusted

As adjusted

Net Sales

$   186,048

$       160,454

$   765,373

$    635,226

Costs and expenses:

Cost of goods sold

153,730

124,691

618,596

489,670

Selling, general and administrative

34,957

30,006

128,306

122,032

Goodwill impairment charge

4,945

-

4,945

-

Operating income (loss)

(7,584)

5,757

13,526

23,524

Interest expense, net

4,432

4,824

17,234

21,780

Equity in earnings of investees

(4,957)

(4,160)

(10,034)

(10,346)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

-

1,346

-

1,346

Gain on previously held equity interest

(65,372)

-

(65,372)

-

Other expense (income), net

220

(140)

56

(1,280)

Income before income taxes

58,093

3,887

71,642

12,024

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

22,727

(539)

26,105

678

Net income

35,366

4,426

45,537

11,346

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

(3,209)

(105)

(3,820)

(184)

Net income attributable to Stoneridge, Inc. and

subsidiaries

$     38,575

$           4,531

$     49,357

$      11,530

Basic net income per share

$          1.58

$             0.19

$          2.04

$          0.48

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

24,380

23,967

24,181

23,946

Diluted net income per share

$          1.56

$             0.19

$          2.00

$          0.47

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

24,760

24,350

24,645

24,333

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

December 31,

December 31,

(in thousands)

2011 (A)

2010

As adjusted

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$           78,836

$             71,974

Accounts receivable, less reserves of $2,944 and $2,013, respectively

162,590

102,600

Inventories, net

123,108

54,959

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

29,048

20,443

Total current assets

393,582

249,976

Long-term assets:

Property, plant and equipment, net

125,006

76,576

Investments and other long-term assets, net

179,289

60,184

Total long-term assets

304,295

136,760

Total assets

$        697,877

$           386,736

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Current portion of long-term debt

$           83,633

$               1,689

Accounts payable

114,012

68,341

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

63,961

42,753

Total current liabilities

261,606

112,783

Long-term liabilities:

Long-term debt

181,611

167,903

Deferred income taxes

68,683

8,303

Other long-term liabilities

5,708

6,528

Total long-term liabilities

256,002

182,734

Shareholders' equity:

Preferred Shares, without par value, authorized 5,000 shares, none issued

-

-

Common Shares, without par value, authorized 60,000 shares, issued 27,097 and 25,994

shares and outstanding 26,222 and 25,393 shares, respectively, with no stated value

-

-

Additional paid-in capital

170,633

161,587

Common Shares held in treasury, 875 and 601 shares, respectively, at cost

(1,870)

(1,118)

Accumulated deficit

(28,263)

(77,620)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(9,843)

4,062

Total Stoneridge Inc. and subsidiaries shareholders' equity

130,657

86,911

Noncontrolling interest

49,612

4,308

Total shareholders' equity

180,269

91,219

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$        697,877

$           386,736

(A) Subject to modification for final purchase accounting entries in connection with the acquisition of additional interest in PST.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

Years ended December 31 (in thousands)

2011

2010

As adjusted

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$               921

$           13,851

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Capital expenditures

(26,290)

(18,574)

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets

3,863

56

Capital contribution from noncontrolling interests

397

-

Business acquisitions and other

(7,753)

-

Net cash used for investing activities

(29,783)

(18,518)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Extinguishment of senior notes

-

(183,000)

Proceeds from issuance of senior secured notes

-

170,625

Proceeds from issuance of other debt

1,408

690

Repayments of other debt

(968)

(278)

Revolving credit facility borrowings

38,993

8,389

Revolving credit facility payments

(554)

(8,335)

Other financing costs

(605)

(1,365)

Repurchase of shares to satisfy employee tax withholding

(752)

(826)

Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation expense

-

395

Premiums related to early extinguishment of debt

-

(324)

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

37,522

(14,029)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(1,798)

(1,237)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

6,862

(19,933)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

71,974

91,907

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$         78,836

$           71,974

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activities:

Change in fair value of interest rate swap

$            1,939

$           (3,017)

SOURCE Stoneridge, Inc.



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