Littelfuse Reports First Quarter Results For 2020

Company prioritizes global associates, customers and long-term financial health of the business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO--()--Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFUS), a global manufacturer of leading technologies in circuit protection, power control and sensing, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2020:

  • Net sales of $346.1 million were down 15% versus the prior year period, and down 13% organically, primarily due to electronics inventory rebalancing and production and demand impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Growth by segment versus the prior year period:
    • Electronics sales decreased 19% (down 18% organically)
    • Automotive sales decreased 8% (down 6% organically)
    • Industrial sales increased 2% (up 2% organically)
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $1.00; adjusted diluted EPS was $1.29
  • GAAP effective tax rate was 30.6% and the adjusted effective tax rate was 26.5%
  • Cash flow from operations was $45.3 million and free cash flow was $28.7 million

Liquidity and Capital Allocation

  • As of the end of the first quarter, the company had $621 million of cash and $774 million of debt
  • The company repurchased approximately $23 million of its shares in the quarter
  • The company borrowed $100 million from its credit facility in the quarter to preserve financial flexibility and enhance liquidity
  • On April 3, the company amended and extended its $700 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility, providing additional flexibility and reducing costs
  • The company’s current share repurchase authorization expires on April 30, 2020, which will be replaced with a new one million share authorization effective through April 30, 2021. The company is suspending share repurchase activity for the near-term.
  • The company will pay a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.48 per share on June 4, 2020 to shareholders of record as of May 21, 2020. If the macro environment disruption intensifies or is sustained, the Board of Directors may consider a change in the dividend.
  • 2020 forecasted capital expenditures have been reduced to $60 million for the year

These are challenging times and our company is doing its part to help flatten the curve in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dave Heinzmann, Littelfuse President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our first priority is our global associates - to protect the health and well-being of them, their families, and the communities where we operate, while working to preserve jobs. Our second priority is to continue to support and serve the critical needs of our customers. Our third priority is the long-term financial health of the business. Over the past several years, we have maintained a conservative financial position, which is even more important during these uncertain times. We have made structural changes over the years to strengthen our business, and along with decisive actions we have taken over the past several weeks, we expect to come out stronger on the other side of this challenge.”

2020 Outlook*:

  • For the second quarter of 2020, the company expects net sales to be down approximately 20% sequentially, with an approximately 45% adjusted operating income fall through, reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain and end demand environment
  • The company is withdrawing its full year 2020 guidance issued on January 29 due to limited visibility of COVID-19 impacts

*Littelfuse provides an estimate regarding operating income on a non-GAAP basis. GAAP items excluded may include the after-tax impact of items including acquisition and integration costs, restructuring, impairment and other charges, certain purchase accounting adjustments, non-operating foreign exchange adjustments and significant and unusual items. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could be material to results computed in accordance with GAAP. Littelfuse is not able to estimate the excluded items in order to provide the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable efforts.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Littelfuse will host a conference call today, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the results. The call will be broadcast live and available for replay at Littelfuse.com.

About Littelfuse

Littelfuse (NASDAQ: LFUS) is a global manufacturer of leading technologies in circuit protection, power control and sensing. Serving over 100,000 end customers, our products are found in automotive and commercial vehicles, industrial applications, data and telecommunications, medical devices, consumer electronics and appliances. Our 11,000 worldwide associates partner with customers to design, manufacture and deliver innovative, high-quality solutions, for a safer, greener and increasingly connected world - everywhere, every day. Learn more at Littelfuse.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are intended to constitute "forward-looking statements" entitled to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to general economic conditions; the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken in response thereto and the effects of those items on the company’s business; product demand and market acceptance; the impact of competitive products and pricing; product quality problems or product recalls; capacity and supply difficulties or constraints; coal mining exposures reserves; failure of an indemnification for environmental liability; exchange rate fluctuations; commodity price fluctuations; the effect of Littelfuse, Inc.'s ("Littelfuse" or the "Company") accounting policies; labor disputes; restructuring costs in excess of expectations; pension plan asset returns less than assumed; integration of acquisitions; uncertainties related to political or regulatory changes; and other risks which may be detailed in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements. This release should be read in conjunction with information provided in the financial statements appearing in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2019. Further discussion of the risk factors of the company can be found under the caption "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2019 and in other filings and submissions with the SEC, each of which are available free of charge on the company’s investor relations website at investor.littelfuse.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof. The company does not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the availability of new information.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The information included in this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measures of organic sales growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted income taxes, adjusted effective tax rate, free cash flow, consolidated total debt, consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the private placement senior notes), and ratio of consolidated total debt to consolidated EBITDA . Many of these non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of certain expenses and income not related directly to the underlying performance of our fundamental business operations. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is set forth in the attached schedules.

The company believes that organic sales growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, and adjusted effective tax rate provide useful information to investors regarding its operational performance because they enhance an investor’s overall understanding of our core financial performance and facilitate comparisons to historical results of operations, by excluding items that are not related directly to the underlying performance of our fundamental business operations or were not part of our business operations during a comparable period. The company believes free cash flow is a useful measure of its ability to generate cash. The company believes that consolidated total debt, consolidated EBITDA, and ratio of consolidated total debt to consolidated EBITDA are useful measures of its credit position. The company believes that all of these non-GAAP financial measures are commonly used by financial analysts and others in the industries in which we operate, and thus further provide useful information to investors. Management additionally uses these measures when assessing the performance of the business and for business planning purposes. Note that our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from those terms as defined or used by other companies.

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LITTELFUSE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(in thousands)

 

March 28,
2020

 

December 28,
2019

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

620,575

 

 

$

531,139

 

Short-term investments

 

43

 

 

44

 

Trade receivables, less allowances of $37,482 and $42,043 at March 28, 2020 and December 28, 2019, respectively

 

207,912

 

 

202,309

 

Inventories

 

227,282

 

 

237,507

 

Prepaid income taxes and income taxes receivable

 

4,253

 

 

4,831

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

32,418

 

 

28,564

 

Total current assets

 

1,092,483

 

 

1,004,394

 

Net property, plant, and equipment

 

334,829

 

 

344,617

 

Intangible assets, net of amortization

 

308,393

 

 

321,247

 

Goodwill

 

812,763

 

 

820,589

 

Investments

 

21,248

 

 

24,099

 

Deferred income taxes

 

7,608

 

 

8,069

 

Right of use lease assets, net

 

20,611

 

 

21,918

 

Other assets

 

14,694

 

 

14,965

 

Total assets

 

$

2,612,629

 

 

$

2,559,898

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

106,796

 

 

$

117,320

 

Accrued liabilities

 

73,512

 

 

84,120

 

Accrued income taxes

 

17,907

 

 

14,122

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

10,000

 

 

10,000

 

Total current liabilities

 

208,215

 

 

225,562

 

Long-term debt, less current portion

 

764,195

 

 

669,158

 

Deferred income taxes

 

49,698

 

 

49,763

 

Accrued post-retirement benefits

 

35,904

 

 

38,198

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

15,960

 

 

17,166

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

61,709

 

 

64,037

 

Total equity

 

1,476,948

 

 

1,496,014

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

2,612,629

 

 

$

2,559,898

 

LITTELFUSE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

March 28,
2020

 

March 30,
2019

Net sales

 

$

346,096

 

 

$

405,500

 

Cost of sales

 

222,384

 

 

250,272

 

Gross profit

 

123,712

 

 

155,228

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

54,386

 

 

62,955

 

Research and development expenses

 

14,595

 

 

21,409

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

9,981

 

 

10,191

 

Total operating expenses

 

78,962

 

 

94,555

 

Operating income

 

44,750

 

 

60,673

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

5,418

 

 

5,686

 

Foreign exchange loss

 

2,584

 

 

4,243

 

Other expense, net

 

1,249

 

 

4,305

 

Income before income taxes

 

35,499

 

 

46,439

 

Income taxes

 

10,855

 

 

9,450

 

Net income

 

$

24,644

 

 

$

36,989

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.01

 

 

$

1.50

 

Diluted

 

$

1.00

 

 

$

1.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares and equivalent shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

24,393

 

 

24,717

 

Diluted

 

24,578

 

 

25,009

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

$

9,665

 

 

$

45,062

 

LITTELFUSE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

(in thousands)

 

March 28, 2020

 

March 30, 2019

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

24,644

 

 

$

36,989

 

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

 

35,626

 

 

35,376

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Trade receivables

 

(9,457

)

 

(5,800

)

Inventories

 

6,667

 

 

(3,250

)

Accounts payable

 

(3,964

)

 

(8,499

)

Accrued liabilities and income taxes

 

(7,012

)

 

(27,170

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(1,225

)

 

3,273

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

45,279

 

 

30,919

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

(775

)

Purchases of property, plant, and equipment

 

(16,586

)

 

(14,076

)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment

 

50

 

 

607

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(16,536

)

 

(14,244

)

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Net proceeds (payments) from credit facility

 

97,500

 

 

(5,000

)

Purchases of common stock

 

(22,927

)

 

(17,906

)

Cash dividends paid

 

(11,725

)

 

(10,625

)

All other cash provided by financing activities

 

2,956

 

 

2,198

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

65,804

 

 

(31,333

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(5,111

)

 

1,539

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

89,436

 

 

(13,119

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

531,139

 

 

489,733

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

620,575

 

 

$

476,614

 

LITTELFUSE, INC.

NET SALES AND OPERATING INCOME BY SEGMENT

(Unaudited)

 

 

First Quarter

(in thousands)

 

2020

 

2019

 

%
Growth
/(Decline)

Net sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronics

 

$

214,189

 

 

$

265,394

 

 

(19.3

)%

Automotive

 

104,770

 

 

113,483

 

 

(7.7

)%

Industrial

 

27,137

 

 

26,623

 

 

1.9

%

Total net sales

 

$

346,096

 

 

$

405,500

 

 

(14.6

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronics

 

$

32,272

 

 

$

49,037

 

 

(34.2

)%

Automotive

 

14,116

 

 

13,200

 

 

6.9

%

Industrial

 

3,534

 

 

3,505

 

 

0.8

%

Other(a)

 

(5,172

)

 

(5,069

)

 

N.M.

Total operating income

 

$

44,750

 

 

$

60,673

 

 

(26.2

)%

Operating Margin

 

12.9

%

 

15.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

5,418

 

 

5,686

 

 

 

Foreign exchange loss

 

2,584

 

 

4,243

 

 

 

Other expense, net

 

1,249

 

 

4,305

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

$

35,499

 

 

$

46,439

 

 

(23.6

)%

(a) "other" typically includes non-GAAP adjustments such as acquisition-related and integration costs and restructuring and impairment charges. (See Supplemental Financial Information for details.)

N.M. - Not meaningful

 

 

First Quarter

(in thousands)

 

2020

 

2019

 

%
Growth
/(Decline)

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronics

 

15.1

%

 

18.5

%

 

(3.4

)%

Automotive

 

13.5

%

 

11.6

%

 

1.9

%

Industrial

 

13.0

%

 

13.2

%

 

(0.2

)%

LITTELFUSE, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(In millions of USD except per share amounts unaudited)

Non-GAAP EPS reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-20

 

Q1-19

GAAP diluted EPS

 

$

1.00

 

 

$

1.48

 

EPS impact of Non-GAAP adjustments (below)

 

0.29

 

 

0.48

 

Adjusted diluted EPS

 

$

1.29

 

 

$

1.96

 

Non-GAAP adjustments - (income)/expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-20

 

Q1-19

Acquisition-related and integration costs (a)

 

$

1.2

 

 

$

2.4

 

Restructuring, impairment and other charges (b)

 

4.0

 

 

2.7

 

Non-GAAP adjustments to operating income

 

5.2

 

 

5.1

 

Other expense, net (c)

 

 

 

5.2

 

Non-operating foreign exchange loss

 

2.6

 

 

4.2

 

Non-GAAP adjustments to income before income taxes

 

7.8

 

 

14.5

 

Income taxes (d)

 

0.6

 

 

2.5

 

Non-GAAP adjustments to net income

 

$

7.2

 

 

$

12.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total EPS impact

 

$

0.29

 

 

$

0.48

 

 

Adjusted operating margin /Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-20

 

Q1-19

Net sales

 

$

346.1

 

$

405.5

GAAP operating income

 

$

44.8

 

$

60.7

Add back non-GAAP adjustments

 

5.2

 

5.1

Adjusted operating income

 

$

50.0

 

$

65.8

Adjusted operating margin

 

14.4

%

 

16.2

%

Add back amortization

 

10.0

 

10.2

Add back depreciation

 

13.8

 

13.1

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

73.8

 

$

89.1

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

21.3

%

 

22.0

%

Net sales reconciliation

 

Q1-20 vs. Q1-19

 

 

Electronics

 

Automotive

 

Industrial

 

Total

Net sales growth

 

(19

)%

 

(8

)%

 

2

%

 

(15

)%

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FX impact

 

(1

)%

 

(2

)%

 

%

 

(2

)%

Organic net sales growth

 

(18

)%

 

(6

)%

 

2

%

 

(13

)%

Income tax reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-20

 

Q1-19

Income taxes

 

$10.9

 

 

$

9.5

 

Effective rate

 

30.6

%

 

20.3

%

Non-GAAP adjustments - income taxes

 

0.6

 

 

2.5

 

Adjusted income taxes

 

$11.5

 

 

$

12.0

 

Adjusted effective rate

 

26.5

%

 

19.7

%

 

Free cash flow reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-20

 

Q1-19

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$45.3

 

 

$

30.9

 

Less: Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(16.6

)

 

(14.1

)

Free cash flow

 

$28.7

 

 

$

16.8

 

 

Consolidated Total Debt (1)

As of March 28, 2020

Current-portion of long-term debt

$

10.0

 

Long-term debt, less current portion

764.2

 

Consolidated Total Debt (1)

$

774.2

 

 

Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Private Placement Senior Notes) (2)

Twelve Months Ended March 28, 2020

Net Income

$

126.7

 

Interest expense

22.0

 

Income taxes

28.2

 

Depreciation

53.2

 

Amortization

39.8

 

Non-cash reductions:

 

Stock-based compensation expense

18.0

 

Unrealized loss on investments

4.6

 

Impairment charges

2.6

 

Other

3.9

 

Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Private Placement Senior Notes) (2)

$

299.0

 

 

Ratio of Consolidated Total Debt to Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in Private Placement Senior Notes)*

2.6

x

 

* Our Private Placement Senior Notes, with maturities ranging from 2022 to 2030, contain a financial ratio covenant providing that if, as of the last day of each fiscal quarter, the ratio of Consolidated Total Debt at such time to Consolidated EBITDA for the then most recently concluded period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Company exceeds 3.50:1.00, an Event of Default (as defined in the Private Placement Senior Notes) is triggered

(1) Represents Consolidated Total Debt

(2) Represents Consolidated EBITDA as defined in our Private Placement Senior Notes and is calculated using the most recently concluded period of four consecutive quarters

Note: Total will not always foot due to rounding.

(a) reflected in selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A").

(b) $3.3 million and $0.7 million reflected in SG&A and cost of sales, respectively for the three months ended March 28, 2020 and $2.1 million and $0.6 million reflected in SG&A and cost of sales, respectively for the three months ended March 30, 2019.

(c) amounts as of March 30, 2019 include $2.8 million impairment charges to certain other investments, $2.6 million loss on the disposal of a business, and $0.3 million gain primarily related to the final payments for the acquisition of Monolith.

(d) reflected the tax impact associated with the non-GAAP adjustments.

Contacts

Trisha Tuntland
Head of Investor Relations
(773) 628-2163

Contacts

Trisha Tuntland
Head of Investor Relations
(773) 628-2163