Park Electrochemical Corp. Reports Third Quarter Results and Announces Share Purchase Authorization

MELVILLE, N.Y.--()--Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE-PKE) reported net sales of $34,679,000 for the third quarter ended November 30, 2014 compared to net sales of $39,678,000 for the third quarter ended December 1, 2013. Park’s net sales for the nine months ended November 30, 2014 were $125,845,000 compared to net sales of $127,613,000 for the nine months ended December 1, 2013.

Park reported net earnings before special items of $2,433,000 for the third quarter ended November 30, 2014 compared to net earnings of $4,721,000 for the third quarter of last year. During the third quarter ended November 30, 2014, the Company recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $496,000 in connection with cost reduction initiatives in the United States and $140,000 related to the closure in fiscal year 2013 of its Nelco Technology (Zhuhai FTZ) Ltd. facility located in the Free Trade Zone in Zhuhai, China and the closure in fiscal year 2009 of its New England Laminates Co., Inc. facility located in Newburgh, New York. Accordingly, net earnings were $2,031,000 for the third quarter ended November 30, 2014.

For the nine-month period ended November 30, 2014, Park reported net earnings before special items of $16,027,000 compared to net earnings before special items of $15,833,000 for the last fiscal year’s first nine-month period. The nine-month period ended November 30, 2014 included pre-tax restructuring charges of $496,000 in connection with the cost reduction initiatives mentioned above and $490,000 related to the facility closures mentioned above. In addition, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $260,000 during the nine-month period ended November 30, 2014 for additional fees incurred in connection with the 2014 fiscal year-end audit. The nine-month period ended December 1, 2013 included a tax benefit of $2,181,000 in connection with a tax refund related to amended federal income tax returns and pre-tax restructuring charges of $319,000 related to the Zhuhai facility closure mentioned above. Accordingly, net earnings were $15,202,000 for the nine-month period ended November 30, 2014 compared to net earnings of $17,695,000 for the nine-month period ended December 1, 2013.

Park reported basic and diluted earnings per share before special items of $0.12 for the third quarter ended November 30, 2014 compared to basic and diluted earnings per share before special items of $0.23 for last year’s third quarter. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.10 for the third quarter ended November 30, 2014 compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.23 for last year’s third quarter.

Park reported basic and diluted earnings per share before special items of $0.77 and $0.76, respectively, for the nine months ended November 30, 2014 compared to basic and diluted earnings per share before special items of $0.76 for the nine months ended December 1, 2013. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.73 and $0.72, respectively, for the nine months ended November 30, 2014 compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.85 for the nine months ended December 1, 2013.

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company’s purchase, on the open market and in privately negotiated transactions, of up to 1,250,000 shares of its Common Stock, representing approximately 6% of the Company’s 20,945,634 total outstanding shares as of the close of business on January 7, 2015. This authorization supersedes the unused prior Board of Directors’ authorizations to purchase shares of the Company’s Common Stock. Purchases by the Company pursuant to this Board of Directors’ authorization may occur immediately and from time to time in the future. Shares purchased by the Company will be retained as treasury stock and will be available for use under the Company’s stock option plan and for other corporate purposes. Any such share purchases by the Company would be in addition to the Company’s prior returns of capital to its shareholders in the form of regular and special cash dividends of $14.30 per share and a total of approximately $294 million since the 2005 fiscal year and any regular or special cash dividends which may be paid by the Company in the future. The Company has paid a regular cash dividend every quarter since 1985.

The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its financial results at 11:00 a.m. EDT today. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed in this conference call. The conference call dial-in number is (844) 466-4114 in the United States and Canada and (765) 507-2654 in other countries and the required passcode is 60182608.

For those unable to listen to the call live, a conference call replay will be available from approximately 2:00 p.m. EDT today through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. The conference call replay can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 in the United States and Canada and (404) 537-3406 in other countries and entering passcode 60182608 or on the Company's web site at www.parkelectro.com/investor/investor.html.

Any additional material financial or statistical data disclosed in the conference call will also be available at the time of the conference call on the Company's web site at www.parkelectro.com/investor/investor.html.

Park believes that an evaluation of its ongoing operations would be difficult if the disclosure of its financial results were limited to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) financial measures, which include special items, such as restructuring charges and tax benefits. Accordingly, in addition to disclosing its financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, Park discloses non-GAAP operating results that exclude special items in order to assist its shareholders and other readers in assessing the Company’s operating performance, since the Company’s on-going, normal business operations do not include such special items. The detailed operating information presented below reconciles the non-GAAP operating results before special items to earnings determined in accordance with GAAP. Such non-GAAP financial measures are provided to supplement the results provided in accordance with GAAP.

Park Electrochemical Corp. is a global advanced materials company which develops and manufactures high-technology digital and RF/microwave printed circuit materials principally for the telecommunications and internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets and advanced composite materials, parts and assemblies and low volume tooling for the aerospace markets. Park’s core capabilities are in the areas of polymer chemistry formulation and coating technology. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Singapore, France, Kansas, Arizona and California. The Company also maintains R&D facilities in Arizona, Kansas and Singapore.

Additional corporate information is available on the Company’s web site at www.parkelectro.com

Performance table, including non-GAAP information (in thousands, except per share amounts –unaudited):

       
13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
           
11/30/14 12/1/13 8/31/14 11/30/14 12/1/13
Sales $ 34,679 $ 39,678 $ 42,349 $ 125,845 $ 127,613
 
Net Earnings before Special Items1 $ 2,433 $ 4,721 $ 5,015 $ 16,027 $ 15,833
Special Items net of Tax   (402)   -   (60)   (825)   1,862
Net Earnings $ 2,031 $ 4,721 $ 4,955 $ 15,202 $ 17,695
 
Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share:
Basic Earnings before Special Items1 $ 0.12 $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.77 $ 0.76
Special Items   (0.02)   -   -   (0.04)   0.09
Basic Earnings (Loss) per Share $ 0.10 $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.73 $ 0.85
 
Diluted Earnings before Special Items1 $ 0.12 $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.76 $ 0.76
Special Items   (0.02)   -   -   (0.04)   0.09
Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share $ 0.10 $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.72 $ 0.85
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
Basic 20,947 20,857 20,925 20,917 20,840
Diluted 20,989 20,917 21,029 21,002 20,871
 
1 Refer to "Detailed operating information" below for information regarding Special Items.
 

Comparative balance sheets (in thousands):

       
11/30/2014 3/2/2014

Assets

(unaudited)
Current Assets
Cash and Marketable Securities $ 285,307 $ 270,356
Accounts Receivable, Net 20,975 22,881
Inventories 14,197 13,871
Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets   3,105   4,132
Total Current Assets 323,584 311,240
 
Fixed Assets, Net 27,362 29,674
Restricted Cash 25,000 25,000
Other Assets   12,866   11,179
Total Assets $ 388,812 $ 377,093
 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current Liabilities
Current Portion of Long-Term Debt $ 17,500 $ 10,000
Accounts Payable 4,622 6,109
Accrued Liabilities 5,686 5,139
Income Taxes Payable   4,321   2,995
Total Current Liabilities 32,129 24,243
 
Long-Term Debt 86,500 94,000
Deferred Income Taxes 58,124 58,124
Other Liabilities   261   183
Total Liabilities 177,014 176,550
 
Shareholders’ Equity   211,798   200,543
 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 388,812 $ 377,093
 

Additional information

Equity per Share $ 10.11 $ 9.60
Total Cash, Restricted Cash and Marketable Securities $ 310,307 $ 295,356
 

Detailed operating information (in thousands – unaudited):

           
13 Weeks Ended

November 30, 2014

13 Weeks Ended

December 1, 2013

13 Weeks Ended

August 31, 2014

GAAP

 

Specials
Items

 

Before
Special
Items

GAAP

 

Specials
Items

 

Before
Special
Items

GAAP

 

Specials
Items

 

Before
Special
Items

Net Sales $ 34,679 $ 34,679 $ 39,678 $ 39,678 $ 42,349 $ 42,349
Cost of Sales 26,081 26,081 28,640 28,640 30,178 30,178
% 75.2 % 75.2 % 72.2 % 72.2 % 71.3 % 71.3 %
 
Gross Profit 8,598 8,598 11,038 11,038 12,171 12,171
% 24.8 % 24.8 % 27.8 % 27.8 % 28.7 % 28.7 %
 
Selling, General & Administrative

Expenses

5,754 - 5,754 6,106 6,106 6,252 - 6,252
% 16.6 % 16.6 % 15.4 % 15.4 % 14.8 % 14.8 %
 
Restructuring Charge 636 (636 ) - - - - 83 (83 ) -
% 1.8 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 0.2 % 0.0 %
 
Earnings from Operations 2,208 636 2,844 4,932 - 4,932 5,836 83 5,919
% 6.4 % 8.2 % 12.4 % 12.4 % 13.8 % 14.0 %
 
Interest Income 222 222 139 139 226 226
% 0.6 % 0.6 % 0.4 % 0.4 % 0.5 % 0.5 %
 
Interest Expense 361 361 187 187 360 360
% 1.0 % 1.0 % 0.5 % 0.5 % 0.9 % 0.9 %
 
Net Interest Expense (139 ) (139 ) (48 ) (48 ) (134 ) (134 )
% -0.4 % -0.4 % -0.1 % -0.1 % -0.3 % -0.3 %
 
Earnings before Income Taxes 2,069 636 2,705 4,884 - 4,884 5,702 83 5,785
% 6.0 % 7.8 % 12.3 % 12.3 % 13.5 % 13.7 %
 
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision 38 234 272 163 - 163 747 23 770
Effective Tax Rate 1.8 % 10.1 % 3.3 % 3.3 % 13.1 % 13.3 %
 
Net Earnings 2,031 402 2,433 4,721 - 4,721 4,955 60 5,015
% 5.9 % 7.0 % 11.9 % 11.9 % 11.7 % 11.8 %
 

Detailed operating information (in thousands – unaudited), continued:

       
39 Weeks Ended

November 30, 2014

39 Weeks Ended

December 1, 2013

GAAP  

Specials
Items

 

Before
Special
Items

GAAP  

Specials
Items

 

Before
Special
Items

Net Sales $ 125,845 $ 125,845 $ 127,613 $ 127,613
Cost of Sales 88,147 88,147 89,963 89,963
% 70.0 % 70.0 % 70.5 % 70.5 %
 
Gross Profit 37,698 37,698 37,650 37,650
% 30.0 % 30.0 % 29.5 % 29.5 %
 
Selling, General & Administrative

Expenses

18,602 (260 ) 18,342 18,703 18,703
% 14.8 % 14.6 % 14.7 % 14.7 %
 
Restructuring Charge 986 (986 ) - 319 (319 ) -
% 0.8 % 0.0 % 0.2 % 0.0 %
 
Earnings from Operations 18,110 1,246 19,356 18,628 319 18,947
% 14.4 % 15.4 % 14.6 % 14.8 %
 
Interest Income 595 595 284 284
% 0.5 % 0.5 % 0.2 % 0.2 %
 
Interest Expense 1,074 1,074 543 543
% 0.9 % 0.9 % 0.4 % 0.4 %
 
Net Interest Expense (479 ) (479 ) (259 ) (259 )
% -0.4 % -0.4 % -0.2 % -0.2 %
 
Earnings before Income Taxes 17,631 1,246 18,877 18,369 319 18,688
% 14.0 % 15.0 % 14.4 % 14.6 %
 
Income Tax Provision 2,429 421 2,850 674 2,181 2,855
Effective Tax Rate 13.8 % 15.1 % 3.7 % 15.3 %
 
Net Earnings 15,202 825 16,027 17,695 (1,862 ) 15,833
% 12.1 % 12.7 % 13.9 % 12.4 %
 

Contacts

Park Electrochemical Corp.
Martina Bar Kochva, 631-465-3600

Contacts

Park Electrochemical Corp.
Martina Bar Kochva, 631-465-3600