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Stoneridge Reports Strong First-quarter 2012 Results As Net Sales Increase More Than 35 Percent

- Improved operating performance drives EPS growth -

- Company maintains full-year sales and EPS guidance -

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WARREN, Ohio, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE: SRI) today announced strong financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. 

Net sales in the first quarter of 2012 increased $69.2 million, or 35.9%, to $262.3 million, compared with $193.0 million for the first quarter of 2011. The increase in net sales reflects the consolidation of the operating results of PST, the Brazilian joint venture in which the Company now has a controlling ownership interest.  Excluding the results of PST in the first quarter of 2012, net sales were $208.6 million, an increase of $15.6 million, or approximately 8%, from a year ago as a result of increased production volumes in most of the Company's served markets.

Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $5.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $2.9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011.  The increase in net income was primarily due to improved operational profitability in the wiring business, as well as more favorable copper costs and Mexican peso exchange rate compared with the first quarter of 2011.

As of March 31, 2012, Stoneridge's consolidated cash position was $42.9 million, which was $35.8 million lower than its 2011 year-end balance of $78.7 million. The change in the cash balance was primarily the result of the $19.8 million in cash used to fund the final portion of the PST transaction, which was completed on January 5, 2012, and higher accounts receivable from increased sales.

Outlook

"I am pleased with our performance and execution in the first quarter," said John C. Corey, president and chief executive officer.  "The hard work by our team to enhance our wiring business margins is clearly paying off as evidenced by the return of our gross margin to more normal levels in the first quarter. As expected, we have also benefited from the moderating costs for copper and the Mexican peso.

"As we look ahead at the balance of 2012, we now see some near-term softness, especially in the Brazilian and European markets, that may impact our quarterly performance," said Corey. "However, we still anticipate achieving our previous full-year sales guidance in the range of $1.060 billion to $1.120 billion.  We remain confident in our ability to continue to improve operations and execute against our growth strategy while managing our cost structures.  As a result, we are maintaining our full-year earnings guidance of $1.10 to $1.30 per diluted share."

Conference Call on the Web

A live Internet broadcast of Stoneridge's conference call regarding 2012 first-quarter results can be accessed at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, May 1, 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 medium- and heavy-duty truck, automotive, motorcycle 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 medium- and heavy-duty truck, automotive, motorcycle 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.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)                                                                                  




Three months ended March 31 (in thousands, except per share data)


2012


2011






Net Sales


$   262,267


$       193,044






Costs and Expenses:





Cost of goods sold


197,129


153,754

Selling, general and administrative


53,289


32,590






Operating income 


11,849


6,700






Interest expense, net


5,355


4,266

Equity in earnings of investees


(139)


(1,916)

Other (income) expense, net


(331)


999






Income before income taxes


6,964


3,351






Provision for income taxes


1,218


677






Net income


5,746


2,674






Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


(133)


(215)






Net income attributable to Stoneridge, Inc. and subsidiaries


$        5,879


$           2,889






Basic net income per share


$          0.22


$             0.12

Basic weighted average shares outstanding


26,220


24,018






Diluted net income per share


$          0.22


$             0.12

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


26,857


24,474


 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



March 31,


December 31,

(in thousands)


2012


2011



(Unaudited)


(Audited)

ASSETS










Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$           42,934


$             78,731

Accounts receivable, less reserves of $1,671 and $1,485, respectively


182,622


162,354

Inventories, net


120,351


120,645

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


32,202


28,393

Total current assets


378,109


390,123






Long-term assets:





Property, plant and equipment, net


126,473


124,802

Other Assets





Intangible assets, net


104,074


102,731

Goodwill


71,256


68,808

Investments and other long-term assets, net


11,986


11,193

Total long-term assets


313,789


307,534

Total assets


$        691,898


$           697,657






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt


$           38,089


$             44,246

Short-term debt


31,921


39,181

Accounts payable


92,921


83,859

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


59,187


91,417

Total current liabilities


222,118


258,703






Long-term liabilities:





Long-term debt


183,155


183,711

Deferred income taxes


68,611


69,110

Other long-term liabilities


5,482


5,494

Total long-term liabilities


257,248


258,315






Shareholders' equity:





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


-


-

Common Shares, without par value, authorized 60,000 shares, issued 28,014 and 27,097





shares and outstanding 28,014 and 26,222 shares, respectively, with no stated value


-


-

Additional paid-in capital


182,230


170,775

Common Shares held in treasury, 373 and 875 shares, respectively, at cost


(2,988)


(1,870)

Accumulated deficit


(22,384)


(28,263)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 


4,752


(9,615)

Total Stoneridge Inc. and subsidiaries shareholders' equity


161,610


131,027

Noncontrolling interest


50,922


49,612

Total shareholders' equity


212,532


180,639

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        691,898


$           697,657

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)

Three months ended March 31 (in thousands)


2012


2011






OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


$            5,862


$         (15,476)






INVESTING ACTIVITIES:





Capital expenditures


(6,848)


(4,342)

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets


143


-

Capital contribution from noncontrolling interest


-


125

Payment for additional interest in PST


(19,779)


-

Net cash used for investing activities


(26,484)


(4,217)






FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Revolving credit facility borrowings


160


753

Revolving credit facility payments


(16,266)


(423)

Repayments of debt, net


(44)


(68)

Other financing costs


(99)


(27)

Repurchase of Common Shares to satisfy employee tax withholding


(1,118)


(690)

Net cash used for financing activities


(17,367)


(455)






Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


2,192


1,420






Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(35,797)


(18,728)






Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


78,731


71,974






Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$         42,934


$           53,246






Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activities:





Change in fair value of interest rate swap


$                 86


$                144

Issuance of Common Shares for acquisition of additional PST interest


$          10,197


$                     -






 

SOURCE Stoneridge, Inc.



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