VPG Reports Full Year Fiscal 2014 and Fourth Quarter Results

Full year net revenues of $250.8 million and full year adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.74. Adjusted EPS for year 2014 increased 19% versus 2013. Cash generated from operations for the year was $24.0 million and free cash flow was $14.3 million.*

MALVERN, Pa.--()--Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG), a leading producer of precision sensors and systems, today announced its results for fiscal 2014 and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.

Ziv Shoshani, VPG’s chief executive officer said, “We continue to focus on revenue growth, supported by our new organic growth platforms, specifically our advanced sensor line in our Foil Technology Products segment. Annual revenue reached a new high while quarterly revenues were just under our mid-point of guidance due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, compared predominately to the Euro. Cash flow generation was strong for the year, at $24.0 million, with free cash flow of $14.3 million.”

Mr. Shoshani added, “We are actively engaged in pursuing acquisitions which, in addition to our new product platforms, continue to be a priority to enhance value to our shareholders.”

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $61.2 million, representing a 1.7% decrease from $62.2 million of net revenues for the comparable prior year period. Net revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $250.8 million, representing a 4.4% increase from the $240.3 million of net revenues for prior year. Comparing sequential results, net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 decreased by $2.2 million, or 3.4%, from $63.4 million in the third quarter of 2014. Net revenues were negatively impacted by the effect of foreign exchange rates of $1.9 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and were negatively impacted by the effect of foreign exchange rates of $1.6 million as compared to the third quarter of 2014.

Net loss attributable to VPG stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2014 was ($2.5) million, or ($0.18) per diluted share, compared to net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $1.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the 2014 fiscal year were $5.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $4.3 million, or $0.31 per diluted share for the prior fiscal year.

Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $1.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, versus adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $2.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share for the comparable prior year period. Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2014 include $0.02 million of KELK purchase accounting adjustments (which impacted costs of products sold), $0.2 million of restructuring costs and $3.3 million of impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets, and related tax effects and discrete tax items, versus $0.5 million of KELK purchase accounting adjustments (which impacted costs of products sold), $0.05 million of restructuring costs, $0.04 million of acquisition costs, and related tax effects and discrete tax items in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the 2014 fiscal year were $10.4 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, versus adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $8.6 million, or $0.62 per diluted share for the 2013 fiscal year. Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the 2014 fiscal year include $0.1 million of KELK acquisition purchase accounting adjustments (which impacted cost of goods sold), $0.7 million of restructuring costs, $3.3 million of impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets, and the related tax effects and discrete tax items, versus approximately $4.9 million of KELK acquisition purchase accounting adjustments (which impacted costs of products sold), $0.8 million of acquisition costs, $0.5 million of restructuring costs, and the related tax effects and discrete tax items for fiscal year 2013.

Non-cash Impairment Charge

As a result of our regular review of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets during the fourth quarter of each year, we recorded a $3.3 million pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge to reduce the carrying value of the goodwill and indefinite–lived intangible assets related to our steel business. This charge is preliminary and it could change.

Segments

The Foil Technology Products segment revenues were $26.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 3.5% from $25.7 million in the fourth quarter last year, and down 2.5% from $27.3 million in the third quarter of 2014. The gross margin for the segment decreased to 37.6% for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to 40.5% in the fourth quarter last year, and down from 41.4% in the third quarter of 2014. Despite the increase in net revenues compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, the gross margin decreased from the comparable prior year period primarily due to product mix, additional costs for expansion of our advanced sensor platform and year-end inventory adjustments. The sequential gross margin decrease was due to year-end inventory adjustments and additional costs for expansion of our advanced sensor platform.

The Force Sensors segment revenues of $17.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 were up 9.0% compared to $16.0 million in the fourth quarter last year, and were down 0.4% from $17.5 million in the third quarter of 2014. The gross margin for the segment was 22.8% in the fourth quarter of 2014 versus 21.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 22.5% in the third quarter of 2014. Increased year-over-year revenues are attributable primarily to higher volume. The decrease in sequential revenues is attributable to negative effects of exchange rate, partially offset by higher volume. The gross margin for the quarter increased from the comparable prior year period primarily due to higher volume. The sequential gross margin remained constant for both of the periods.

The Weighing and Control Systems segment revenues were $17.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 16.4% from $20.5 million in the fourth quarter last year, and down 7.7% from $18.6 million in the third quarter of 2014. Decreased year-over-year and sequential revenues are attributable primarily to lower volume for steel and on-board weighing in Europe and the negative effect of exchange rates. The gross margin for the segment was 44.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014 versus 44.9% in the fourth quarter of 2013 (47.1% excluding the KELK acquisition purchase accounting adjustments of $0.5 million) and 45.9% in the third quarter of 2014. The year-over-year and sequential decreases in gross margin are primarily due to lower volume for steel and process weighing end-user business in Asia and the U.S.

Outlook

Mr. Shoshani concluded, “In light of global economic forecasts, we expect net revenues in the range of $59 million to $64 million for the first quarter of 2015.”

* Note: Free cash flow is defined as the amount of cash generated from operations ($24.0 million for the 2014 fiscal year), in excess of our capital expenditures ($9.8 million for the 2014 fiscal year) and net of proceeds, if any, from the sale of assets ($0.1 million in the 2014 fiscal year).

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call will be held today (February 11) at 10:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. CST). To access the conference call, interested parties may call 1-888-317-6003 or internationally 1-412-317-6061 and use passcode 0747131, or log on to the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com.

A replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call by calling toll-free 1-877-344-7529 or internationally 1-412-317-0088 and by using the passcode: 10058816. The replay will also be available on the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com for a limited time.

About VPG

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of Foil Technology Products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company's Force Sensors products and its Weighing and Control Systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at www.vpgsensors.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

From time to time, information provided by us, including but not limited to statements in this report, or other statements made by or on our behalf, may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated.

Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, expected, estimated, or projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include: general business and economic conditions, changes in the current pace of economic recovery, including if such recovery stalls or does not continue as expected; difficulties or delays in completing acquisitions and integrating acquired companies, including KELK, the inability to realize anticipated synergies and expansion possibilities, difficulties in new product development; changes in competition and technology in the markets that we serve and the mix of our products required to address these changes; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; difficulties in implementing our ERP system and the associated impact on manufacturing efficiencies and customer satisfaction; difficulties in implementing our cost reduction strategies such as underutilization of production facilities, labor unrest or legal challenges to our lay-off or termination plans, operation of redundant facilities due to difficulties in transferring production to lower-labor-cost countries; and other factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services, and prices that are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)
   
 
Fiscal quarter ended
December 31,     December 31,
2014 2013
 
 
Net revenues $ 61,218 $ 62,248
Costs of products sold   39,615     39,165  
Gross profit 21,603 23,083
Gross margin 35.3 % 37.1 %
 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 19,062 19,674
Acquisition costs - 42
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles 3,329 -
Restructuring costs   193     51  
Operating (loss) income (981 ) 3,316
Operating margin -1.6 % 5.3 %
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (208 ) (251 )
Other   (81 )   (506 )
Total other income (expense) - net   (289 )   (757 )
 
(Loss) income before taxes (1,270 ) 2,559
 
Income tax expense   1,132     1,393  
 
Net (loss) earnings (2,402 ) 1,166
 
Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests 89 38
   
Net (loss) earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ (2,491 ) $ 1,128  
 
 
Basic (loss) earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ (0.18 ) $ 0.08
 
Diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ (0.18 ) $ 0.08
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 13,755 13,737
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,755 13,955
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)
   
 
Years ended
December 31,     December 31,
2014 2013
 
 
Net revenues $ 250,823 $ 240,275
Costs of products sold   158,699     156,420  
Gross profit 92,124 83,855
Gross margin 36.7 % 34.9 %
 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 77,348 74,521
Acquisition costs - 794
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles 3,329 -
Restructuring costs   668     538  
Operating income 10,779 8,002
Operating margin 4.3 % 3.3 %
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (868 ) (1,022 )
Other   (851 )   (1,579 )
Total other income (expense) - net   (1,719 )   (2,601 )
 
Income before taxes 9,060 5,401
 
Income tax expense   3,087     1,054  
 
Net earnings 5,973 4,347
 
Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests 178 56
   
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 5,795   $ 4,291  
 
 
Basic earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.42 $ 0.32
 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.42 $ 0.31
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 13,755 13,563
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,977 13,944
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
       
 
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013
Assets (unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 79,642 $ 72,785
Accounts receivable, net 37,514 40,500
Inventories, net 54,313 54,973
Deferred income taxes 5,003 4,784
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   10,566     10,500  
Total current assets 187,038 183,542
 
Property and equipment, net 51,982 49,323
Goodwill 14,878 18,880
Intangible assets, net 17,489 22,458
Other assets   20,417     17,901  
Total assets $ 291,804   $ 292,104  
 
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $ 10,371 $ 10,258
Payroll and related expenses 14,252 15,016
Other accrued expenses 16,590 15,814
Income taxes 2,197 615
Current portion of long-term debt   5,120     4,137  
Total current liabilities 48,530 45,840
 
Long-term debt, less current portion 17,713 22,936
Deferred income taxes 1,756 1,259
Other liabilities 7,658 7,738
Accrued pension and other postretirement costs   13,072     10,780  
Total liabilities   88,729     88,553  
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity:
Common stock 1,273 1,271
Class B convertible common stock 103 103
Treasury stock (32 ) -
Capital in excess of par value 189,532 188,424
Retained earnings 38,442 32,647
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (26,477 )   (19,027 )
Total Vishay Precision Group, Inc. stockholders' equity 202,841 203,418
Noncontrolling interests   234     133  
Total equity   203,075     203,551  
Total liabilities and equity $ 291,804   $ 292,104  
 
   
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited - In thousands)
 
 
Years ended
December 31,     December 31,
2014 2013
 
Operating activities:
Net earnings $ 5,973 $ 4,347

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles 3,329 -
Depreciation and amortization 11,677 11,990
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 63 41
Share-based compensation expense 1,008 743
Inventory write-offs for obsolescence 1,290 951
Other 1,308 (2,212 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (654 )   (1,263 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 23,994 14,597
 
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures (9,759 ) (6,748 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 83 81
Purchase of business   -     (48,919 )
Net cash used in investing activities (9,676 ) (55,586 )
 
Financing activities:
Proceeds from long-term debt - 25,000
Principal payments on long-term debt and capital lease obligations (4,137 ) (3,148 )
Debt issuance costs - (384 )
Repurchase of treasury stock (32 ) -
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (77 ) (82 )
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation plan   5     -  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (4,241 ) 21,386
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (3,220 )   (1,493 )
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   6,857     (21,096 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   72,785     93,881  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 79,642   $ 72,785  
 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing transactions:
Conversion of exchangeable notes to common stock $ - $ 5,861
 
       
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share data)
 
Fiscal quarter ended Years ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
 
 
Net (loss) earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ (2,491 ) $ 1,128 $ 5,795 $ 4,291
 

Reconciling items affecting operating margin

 
Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 19 454 75 4,855
Acquisition costs - 42 - 794
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles 3,329 - 3,329 -
Restructuring costs 193 51 668 538
 
 

Reconciling items affecting income tax expense

Tax effect of adjustments for purchase accounting, acquisition costs, impairment charges and restructuring costs, and discrete tax items

(679 ) (792 ) (531 ) 1,851
 
       
Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 1,729   $ 2,467   $ 10,398   $ 8,627
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 14,004 13,955 13,977 13,944
 
Adjusted net earnings per diluted share $ 0.12 $ 0.18 $ 0.74 $ 0.62
 
       
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Consolidated Adjusted Gross Margin
(Unaudited - In thousands)
 
Fiscal quarter ended Years ended
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
 
 
Gross profit $ 21,603 $ 23,083 $ 92,124 $ 83,855
Gross margin 35.3 % 37.1 % 36.7 % 34.9 %
 

Reconciling items affecting gross margin

Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 19 454 75 4,855
       
Adjusted gross profit $ 21,622   $ 23,537   $ 92,199   $ 88,710  
Adjusted gross margin 35.3 % 37.8 % 36.8 % 36.9 %
 

Contacts

VPG
Wendy Wilson
Senior Director Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
919-374-5501
wendy.wilson@vpgsensors.com

Contacts

VPG
Wendy Wilson
Senior Director Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
919-374-5501
wendy.wilson@vpgsensors.com