BHE
$32.00
Benchmark Electronics
$.10
.31%
Earnings Details
4th Quarter December 2016
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 7:00:00 AM
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Summary

Benchmark Electronics Guides Earnings Below Estimates

Benchmark Electronics (BHE) reported 4th Quarter December 2016 earnings of $0.45 per share on revenue of $607.5 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.41 per share on revenue of $596.3 million. Revenue fell 2.9% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it expects first quarter earnings of $0.24 to $0.28 per share on revenue of $530.0 million to $550.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.31 per share on revenue of $535.8 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2017.

Benchmark Electronics Inc is engaged in the business of manufacturing electronics and it provides its services to original equipment manufacturers of computers and related products.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.45
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.41
Reported Revenue
$607.5 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$596.3 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Benchmark Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter And FY 2016 Results

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (BHE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
In millions, except EPS
2016
2016
2015
Net sales
$608
$574
$626
Net income
$19
$22
$39
Net income - non-GAAP
$22
$18
$24
Diluted EPS
$0.37
$0.44
$0.77
Diluted EPS - non-GAAP
$0.45
$0.36
$0.48
Operating margin
3.9%
3.1%
3.5%
Operating margin - non-GAAP
4.8%
4.3%
4.8%
Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31,
Dec 31,
In millions, except EPS
2016
2015
Net sales
$2,310
$2,541
Net income
$64
$95
Net income - non-GAAP
$72
$88
Diluted EPS
$1.29
$1.83
Diluted EPS - non-GAAP
$1.45
$1.68
Operating margin (%)
3.3%
3.7%
Operating margin - non-GAAP (%)
4.3%
4.4%

A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included below.

"I am pleased by the Company’s performance in the fourth quarter, which met or exceeded each of our commitments. Revenue and margins were at the top end of our guidance, and non-GAAP EPS of $0.45 exceeded by two cents. We generated operating cash flow of $273 million for the year and ended 2016 with cash conversion days of 74, one day lower than our target and a twenty-day improvement from the year ago period," said Paul Tufano, Benchmark’s CEO and President.

"During 2017, we will be realigning and invigorating the organization with three priorities critical to our success", Tufano added. "First, the optimization of our global network coupled with a relentless focus on execution excellence. Within our global teams, we are driving greater ownership and accountability and a heightened sense of urgency. Second, the investment in a market segment organization tasked with driving appropriate customer acquisition, revenue and margin growth. Third, the expansion of our engineering capabilities to provide our customers with the design services and technology building blocks that will allow them to go to market faster and more economically."

Tufano concluded, "I remain excited by our opportunities going forward and the enthusiasm and support of our customers and employees. Looking ahead, our objective is to meet our commitments to customers, shareholders and employees while we reposition Benchmark for long-term growth."

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

-- Operating margin was 3.9% (non-GAAP 4.8%).

Cash flows from operating activities were $44 million during the quarter and $273 million for the year.

Cash conversion cycle improved 6 days from 80 at September 30, 2016 to 74 days at December 31, 2016.

-- Cash was $681 million at December 31, of which $626 million was held outside the U.S.

Cash Conversion Cycle

Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
2016
2016
2015
Accounts receivable days
65
65
69
Inventory days
62
68
65
Accounts payable days
(53)
(53)
(40)
74
80
94

"We exceeded our 75-day cash conversion cycle target and exited the year at 74 days," said Don Adam, CFO. "For the fourth quarter, we generated $44 million of cash flow from operations, bringing our full year total to $273 million. We are targeting a cash conversion cycle range of 68-73 days and annual operating cash flows in the range of $125 - $150 million in 2017. For the full year, we purchased $42 million of our common shares and have $93 million remaining in our current share repurchase program."

Fourth Quarter 2016 Industry Sector Update

Revenue by industry sector (dollars in millions) was as follows.

Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
Higher-Value Markets
2016
2016
2015
Industrials
$ 230
37
%
$ 217
38
%
$ 223
35
%
Medical
86
14
86
15
91
15
Test & Instrumentation
65
11
66
11
52
8
$ 381
62
%
$ 369
64
%
$ 366
58
%
Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
Traditional Markets
2016
2016
2015
Computing
$ 120
20
%
$ 107
19
%
$ 155
25
%
Telecommunications
107
18
98
17
105
17
$ 227
38
%
$ 205
36
%
$ 260
42
%
Total
$ 608
100 %
$ 574
100 %
$ 626
100 %

Fourth quarter revenues from higher-value markets were in line with expectations. Test & Instrumentation revenues from semi-capital equipment customers remained strong, and new Industrial programs ramped as expected. Medical revenues were slightly lower than anticipated due to regulatory delays. Traditional revenues in Computing and Telecommunications were up on stronger computing demand and the completion of Telecommunications qualifications.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Bookings Update

-- New program bookings of $115 to $140 million.

-- 12 engineering awards supporting early engagement opportunities.

-- 19 manufacturing wins across all market sectors.

The Company projects that new program bookings for the fourth quarter will result in annualized revenue of $115 to $140 million when fully launched in the next 12-18 months. The new program bookings align with Benchmark’s strategic focus on higher-value markets.

First Quarter 2017 Outlook

-- Revenue between $530-$550 million.

-- Diluted GAAP earnings per share between $0.19-$0.23.

Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share between $0.24-$0.28 (excluding restructuring charges and amortization of intangibles expected to approximate $0.05 per share). The income tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments using the applicable effective tax rates is $0.02 per share.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Results Conference Call Details A conference call hosted by Benchmark management will be held today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s financial results and outlook. This call will be broadcast via the internet and may be accessed by logging on to the Company’s website at www.bench.com.

About Benchmark Electronics, Inc. Benchmark provides worldwide integrated electronics manufacturing services (EMS), engineering and design services, and precision machine services to original equipment manufacturers of industrial equipment (including equipment for the aerospace and defense industries), telecommunication equipment, computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, and test and instrumentation products. Benchmark’s global operations include facilities in seven countries, and its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release includes financial measures that exclude certain items and therefore do not follow U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). A detailed reconciliation between the GAAP results and results excluding special items (non-GAAP) is included at the end of this press release. Management discloses non-GAAP information to provide investors with additional information to analyze the Company’s performance and underlying trends. Management uses non-GAAP measures that exclude certain items in order to better assess operating performance and help investors compare results with our previous guidance. Benchmark’s non-GAAP information is not necessarily comparable to the non-GAAP information used by other companies. Non-GAAP information should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, net income or other data prepared in accordance with GAAP as a measure of the Company’s profitability or liquidity. Readers should consider the types of events and transactions for which adjustments have been made.

Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the scope of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "expect," "estimate," "plan," "anticipate," "project," "predict," "goals," "targeting" and similar terms, and the negatives thereof, often identify forward-looking statements, which are not limited to historical facts. The Company’s forward-looking statements include, among other things, projections relating to expanding or realigning contractual terms, optimizing execution, realigning its footprint, maximizing operational performance, its cash conversion cycle, operating cash flows, the future value of bookings and first quarter 2017 revenues and diluted earnings per share. Although Benchmark believes these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they involve risks and uncertainties relating to our operations, markets and business environment generally. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materializes or underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated.

All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Benchmark as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update them. Readers are advised to consult further disclosures on related subjects, particularly in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in its press releases.

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Results
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
Three Months Ended
Year Ended
Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
December 31,
2016
2016
2015
2016
2015
Income from operations (GAAP)
$
23,548
$
18,082
$
21,905
$
75,638
$
92,969
Restructuring charges and other costs
2,663
3,485
6,308
12,539
13,861
Amortization of intangible assets(1)
2,893
3,170
1,923
11,838
4,962
Non-GAAP income from operations
$
29,104
$
24,737
$
30,136
$
100,015 $
111,792
Net income (GAAP)
$
18,568
$
21,742
$
39,421
$
64,047
$
95,401
Restructuring charges and other costs
2,663
3,485
6,308
12,539
13,861
Amortization of intangible assets(1)
2,893
3,170
1,923
11,838
4,962
Income tax adjustments(2)
(1,781)
(2,207)
(2,234)
(7,695)
(5,495)
Discrete tax benefits
-
(8,270)
(21,174)
(8,270)
(21,174)
Non-GAAP net income
$
22,343
$
17,920
$
24,244
$
72,459
$
87,555
Earnings per share: (GAAP)
Basic
$
0.38
$
0.44
$
0.78
$
1.30
$
1.85
Diluted
$
0.37
$
0.44
$
0.77
$
1.29
$
1.83
Earnings per share: (Non-GAAP)
Basic
$
0.46
$
0.37
$
0.48
$
1.47
$
1.70
Diluted
$
0.45
$
0.36
$
0.48
$
1.45
$
1.68
Weighted-average number of shares used in
calculating earnings per share:
Basic
49,063
48,965
50,482
49,298
51,573
Diluted
49,544
49,414
50,914
49,825
52,088
(1) Beginning with the third quarter of 2016, our non-GAAP income and earnings per share exclude the impact of the amortization of intangible assets. The non-GAAP earnings per share for prior periods presented above exclude the impact of the amortization of intangible assets.
(2) This amount represents the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments using the applicable effective tax rates.
Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
(UNAUDITED)
Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
Sales
$
607,507 $ 625,719
$
2,310,415 $
2,540,873
Cost of sales
550,037
568,810
2,096,952
2,321,619
Gross profit
57,470
56,909
213,463
219,254
Selling, general and administrative expenses
28,366
26,773
113,448
107,462
Amortization of intangible assets
2,893
1,923
11,838
4,962
Restructuring charges and other costs
2,663
6,308
12,539
13,861
Income from operations
23,548
21,905
75,638
92,969
Interest expense
(2,369)
(1,569)
(9,304)
(2,996)
Interest income
966
236
2,136
1,207
Other income (expense), net
253
441
(282)
(1,141)
Income before income taxes
22,398
21,013
68,188
90,039
Income tax expense (benefit)
3,830
(18,408)
4,141
(5,362)
Net income
$
18,568
$ 39,421
$
64,047
$
95,401
Earnings per share:
Basic
$
0.38
$ 0.78
$
1.30
$
1.85
Diluted
$
0.37
$ 0.77
$
1.29
$
1.83
Weighted-average number of shares used in calculating
earnings per share:
Basic
49,063
50,482
49,298
51,573
Diluted
49,544
50,914
49,825
52,088
Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
681,433
$
465,995
Accounts receivable, net
440,692
479,140
Inventories
381,334
411,986
Other current assets
28,203
31,507
Total current assets
1,531,662
1,388,628
Property, plant and equipment, net
166,148
178,170
Goodwill and other, net
300,858
327,080
Total assets
$
1,998,668
$
1,893,878
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Current installments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations $
12,396
$
12,284
Accounts payable
326,249
251,163
Accrued liabilities
73,736
69,647
Total current liabilities
412,381
333,094
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less current installments
211,252
222,909
Other long-term liabilities
9,570
15,971
Shareholders’ equity
1,365,465
1,321,904
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
1,998,668
$
1,893,878
Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(UNAUDITED)
Year Ended
December 31,
2016
2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income
$ 64,047
$ 95,401
Depreciation and amortization
55,139
49,672
Stock-based compensation expense
5,322
7,709
Accounts receivable, net
37,573
52,847
Inventories
27,749
3,974
Accounts payable
76,039
(41,388)
Other changes in working capital and other
6,651
(21,411)
Net cash provided by operations
272,520
146,804
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to property, plant and equipment and software
(32,334)
(38,062)
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired
10,750
(229,582)
Other investing activities, net
339
843
Net cash used in investing activities
(21,245)
(266,801)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Share repurchases
(41,929)
(68,365)
Net debt activity
(12,301)
229,324
Other financing activities, net
19,488
(1,322)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
(34,742)
159,637
Effect of exchange rate changes
(1,095)
(1,021)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
215,438
38,619
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
465,995
427,376
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$ 681,433
$ 465,995

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