Stoneridge Reports Fourth-Quarter 2013 Results - Positioned to Leverage Market Improvement

- Fourth-Quarter Results Impacted by Lower Product Margin Sales and Costs

- Cash Generation Continues to Improve Leverage

WARREN, Ohio, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE: SRI) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.

Fourth-quarter 2013 net sales were $235.8 million, an increase of $13.1 million, or 5.9%, compared with $222.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in the current quarter's net sales was primarily due to higher sales in the Company's Control Devices and Electronics business segments.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.6 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.  The decrease in net income was primarily due to lower sales to a North American commercial vehicle customer, sales of less profitable products in Brazil and higher costs for the Wiring business due to continued volume fluctuations.  For the full year ended December 31, 2013, net income increased by $9.7 million, or 180%, to $15.1 million from $5.4 million in the prior year.  For the year, earnings per diluted share were $0.56, an increase of $0.36 over the prior year's earnings of $0.20 per diluted share.

As of December 31, 2013, Stoneridge's consolidated cash position was $62.8 million, an increase of $18.3 million from December 31, 2012. The Company's Total Debt/Adjusted EBITDA ratio continues to improve to 2.7x compared with 2.9x at the end of 2012.

John Corey, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our 2013 consolidated sales came in at the low end of our original range.  PST's sales were lower than expected due to continued weakness in the Brazilian economy and currency, higher relative sales of audio products compared with aftermarket products, and a quality hold instituted by management to protect the brand position and image due to a component issue."

Corey continued, "As we indicated in our press release of February 5, 2014, our Wiring business continued to experience higher costs in the fourth quarter caused by changes to production schedules, as the commercial vehicle market and customer performance have not recovered as expected. We continue to rebalance our wiring operations to adjust for the volume impacts and seasonality."

Corey added, "We finished the year with a strong balance sheet, as positive cash flow continues to be one of our primary goals. Our cash and cash equivalents balance at year end was $62.8 million, an increase of $18.3 million or 40.8% above December 31, 2012."

Corey commented, "Looking at the year in total, we had good performance from our Control Devices and Electronics divisions. PST was impacted to a degree by the economic weakness in Brazil and currency devaluation, and Wiring underperformed as we continued to adjust to customers' volume being lower than projections resulting in added cost. We expect the Control Devices and Electronics segments to continue to perform well in 2014 and see gradual recovery in the Brazilian economy and improving financial performance in our Wiring business."

A Non-GAAP Financial Measure
This press release includes references to Adjusted EBITDA and Total Debt/Adjusted Ratio.  Adjusted EBITDA is an unaudited financial measure of performance which is not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA represents the sum of net income, income taxes, interest expense, depreciation, amortization, business realignment and certain purchase accounting costs. Adjusted EBITDA is used internally when evaluating our operating performance and, we believe, allows an investor to make a more meaningful comparison between our core business operating results over different periods of time, as well as with those of other similar companies. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, when viewed with the Company's results under GAAP and the accompanying reconciliation, provides useful information about operating performance.  In addition, management believes that Adjusted EBITDA permits investors to gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our ongoing cash earnings.  However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as indicators of operating performance or liquidity.  Adjusted EBITDA has been presented as a supplemental disclosure because EBITDA is a widely used measure of performance and basis for valuation.  A reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA is included in the financial tables below.





For the years ended





December 31,







2013


2012










Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA


















Net income 






$    16,508


$        3,748

Interest expense, net






18,346


20,033

Equity in earnings of investees






(476)


(760)

Other expense, net






1,100


4,896

Provision for income taxes






4,226


812

Depreciation and amortization






34,264


34,459

Purchase accounting and business realignment charges






(33)


5,196










  Adjusted EBITDA






$    73,935


$      68,384



















Total Debt






$  197,232


$    201,396

Total Debt / Adjusted EBITDA






$          2.7


$            2.9

 

Conference Call on the Web
A live Internet broadcast of Stoneridge's conference call regarding 2013 fourth-quarter results can be accessed at 10 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, March 6, 2014, 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, motorcycle 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 volume change in commercial vehicle, automotive, agricultural, motorcycle 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.

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended



December 31,


December 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)


2013


2012


2013


2012



















Net sales


$   235,824


$      222,725


$      947,830


$       938,513










Costs and expenses:









  Cost of goods sold


182,271


168,116


721,809


713,869

  Selling, general and administrative


46,671


45,961


186,317


195,915










Operating income


6,882


8,648


39,704


28,729










  Interest expense, net


4,653


4,638


18,346


20,033

  Equity in earnings of investees


(80)


(317)


(476)


(760)

  Other expense, net


922


1,521


1,100


4,896










Income before income taxes


1,387


2,806


20,734


4,560










  Provision for income taxes


1,066


95


4,226


812










Net income


321


2,711


16,508


3,748










Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest


117


90


1,377


(1,613)










Net income attributable to Stoneridge, Inc.


$           204


$          2,621


$        15,131


$           5,361










Earnings per share attributable to Stoneridge, Inc.:









  Basic


$          0.01


$            0.10


$             0.57


$             0.20

  Diluted


$          0.01


$            0.10


$             0.56


$             0.20










Weighted-average shares outstanding:









  Basic


26,692


26,435


26,671


26,377

  Diluted


27,106


27,177


27,193


27,032

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)


As of December 31, (in thousands)


2013


2012






ASSETS










Current assets:





   Cash and cash equivalents


$     62,825


$       44,555

   Accounts receivable, less reserves of $3,514 and $3,394, respectively


133,736


141,503

   Inventories, net


114,058


96,032

   Prepaid expenses and other current assets


29,617


28,964

Total current assets


340,236


311,054






Long-term assets:





   Property, plant and equipment, net


110,872


119,147

   Other assets





      Intangible assets, net


68,842


84,397

      Goodwill


58,521


66,381

      Investments and other long-term assets, net


9,851


11,712

Total long-term assets


248,086


281,637

Total assets


$   588,322


$     592,691






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current liabilities:





   Current portion of debt


$     12,187


$       18,925

   Revolving credit facilities


-


1,160

   Accounts payable


84,884


76,303

   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


56,651


57,081

Total current liabilities


153,722


153,469






Long-term liabilities:





   Long-term debt, net


185,045


181,311

   Deferred income taxes


57,026


59,819

   Other long-term liabilities


3,995


4,258

Total long-term liabilities


246,066


245,388






Shareholders' equity:





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


-


-

   Common Shares, without par value, authorized 60,000 shares, issued 28,803 and 28,433





      shares and outstanding 28,483 and 27,913 shares at December 31, 2013 and 2012,





      respectively, with no stated value


-


-

   Additional paid-in capital


187,742


184,822

   Common Shares held in treasury, 320 and 520 shares at December 31, 2013 and





      2012, respectively, at cost


(519)


(1,885)

   Accumulated deficit


(7,771)


(22,902)

   Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(30,458)


(10,282)

Total Stoneridge Inc. shareholders' equity


148,994


149,753

   Noncontrolling interest


39,540


44,081

Total shareholders' equity


188,534


193,834

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$   588,322


$     592,691

 

 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) 

 (Unaudited) 












Three Months Ended


For the Years Ended



December 31,


December 31,

 (in thousands) 


2013


2012


2013


2012










 Net income 


$        321


$      2,711


$  16,508


$      3,748

 Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax: 









    Foreign currency translation adjustments 


(5,978)


(1,175)


(17,925)


(10,502)

    Pension liability adjustments 


-


(27)


-


(27)

    Unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives 


118


398


(2,251)


9,862

 Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax 


(5,860)


(804)


(20,176)


(667)

 Consolidated comprehensive income (loss) 


(5,539)


1,907


(3,668)


3,081

 Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to 









    noncontrolling interest 


117


90


1,377


(1,613)










 Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Stoneridge, Inc. 


$   (5,656)


$      1,817


$   (5,045)


$      4,694

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)


Years Ended December 31 (in thousands)


2013


2012






OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net cash provided by operating activities


$  43,684


$    75,545






INVESTING ACTIVITIES:





Capital expenditures


(25,344)


(26,352)

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets


107


521

Payment for additional interest in PST


-


(19,779)

Net cash used for investing activities


(25,237)


(45,610)






FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Revolving credit facility borrowings


-


21,579

Revolving credit facility payments


(1,160)


(59,600)

Proceeds from issuance of other debt


25,555


22,146

Repayments of other debt


(24,382)


(48,327)

Repurchase of Common Shares to satisfy employee tax withholding


(516)


(1,273)

Net cash used for financing activities


(503)


(65,475)






Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


326


1,364






Net change in cash and cash equivalents


18,270


(34,176)






Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


44,555


78,731






Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$  62,825


$    44,555






Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activities:





   Change in fair value of interest rate swap


$   (1,419)


$      1,134

  Issuance of Common Shares for acquisition of additional PST interest


$             -


$    10,197

 

 

SOURCE Stoneridge, Inc.



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