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Benchmark Electronics
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Earnings Details
4th Quarter December 2017
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 4:01:00 PM
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Benchmark Electronics Sees Revenue Above Estimates

Benchmark Electronics (BHE) reported 4th Quarter December 2017 earnings of $0.49 per share on revenue of $679.9 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.36 per share. Revenue grew 11.9% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects first quarter earnings of $0.34 to $0.38 per share on revenue of $585.0 million to $605.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.37 per share on revenue of $576.2 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2018.

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
$0.49
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.36
Reported Revenue
$679.9 Mil
Revenue Estimate
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Benchmark Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter And FY 2017 Results

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (BHE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

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Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
In millions, except EPS
2017
2017
2016
Net sales
$680
$604
$608
Net income (loss) (1)
$(76)
$18
$19
Net income - non-GAAP
$25
$20
$22
Diluted EPS (1)
($1.54)
$0.35
$0.37
Diluted EPS - non-GAAP
$0.49
$0.39
$0.45
Operating margin
3.4%
3.4%
3.9%
Operating margin - non-GAAP
4.2%
4.1%
4.8%
Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31,
Dec 31,
In millions, except EPS
2017
2016
Net sales
$2,467
$2,310
Net income (loss) (1)
($32)
$64
Net income - non-GAAP
$81
$72
Diluted EPS (1)
($0.64)
$1.29
Diluted EPS - non-GAAP
$1.61
$1.45
Operating margin
3.2%
3.3%
Operating margin - non-GAAP
4.1%
4.3%
(1) Includes $98 million ($1.95 per share for the three months and $1.94 per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017) of tax expense related to the effects of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (U.S. Tax Reform).
A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included below.

"I am extremely pleased with both our fourth quarter performance as well as the progress we have made in 2017, posting a 7% revenue increase for the full year. We continue to expand our gross margins and have made further improvement on balance sheet management, resulting in operating cash flows for the full year of $146 million. Additionally, ROIC improved by 210 bps year-over-year to 10.5%," said Paul Tufano, Benchmark’s President and CEO.

"During 2017, we made significant progress on our key initiatives to reposition the Company," added Tufano. "As we look forward to 2018, we will continue our focus on these foundational areas: customer acquisition and experience, engineering and solutions expansion, operational excellence, and balance sheet management. In 2018, we plan to leverage and refine the base we established this past year. Our resulting progress will shape our trajectory for years to come."

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights Cash flow from operations was $56 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 driven by an improvement in our cash conversion cycle.

Cash Conversion Cycle

Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
2017
2017
2016
Accounts receivable days
58
61
65
Inventory days
58
70
62
Accounts payable days
(53)
(55)
(53)
Customer deposits
(3)
(4)
-
60
72
74

Fourth Quarter 2017 Industry Sector Update Revenue by industry sector (dollars in millions) was as follows.

Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
Higher-Value Markets
2017
2017
2016
Industrials
$ 131
19
%
$ 124
20
%
$ 137
22
%
A&D
98
15
96
16
102
17
Medical
103
15
101
17
86
14
Test & Instrumentation
95
14
88
15
65
11
$ 427
63
%
$ 409
68
%
$ 390
64
%
Dec 31,
Sep 30,
Dec 31,
Traditional Markets
2017
2017
2016
Computing
$ 174
26
%
$ 124
20
%
$ 119
20
%
Telecommunications
79
11
71
12
99
16
$ 253
37
%
$ 195
32
%
$ 218
36
%
Total
$ 680
100 %
$ 604
100 %
$ 608
100 %

Fourth quarter revenues from higher-value markets were in line with expectations, including strong demand in Test & Instrumentation from semi-capital equipment customers. Higher-value markets were up 10% year-over-year from Test & instrumentation and Medical markets.

Traditional markets revenues in Computing and Telecommunications were up sequentially from exceptionally stronger Computing demand and increased Telecommunications orders. Traditional markets were up 16% year-over-year driven by Computing.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Bookings Update

-- New program bookings of $156 million at the midpoint.

-- 13 engineering awards supporting early engagement opportunities.

-- 30 manufacturing wins across all market sectors.

The Company projects that new program bookings for the fourth quarter will result in annualized revenue of $142 to $170 million when fully launched in the next 12-24 months. The new program bookings align with Benchmark’s strategic focus.

First Quarter 2018 Outlook

-- Revenue between $585 - $605 million.

-- Diluted GAAP earnings per share between $0.27 - $0.31.

Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share between $0.34 - $0.38 (excluding any additional impact related to U.S. Tax Reform, restructuring charges and amortization of intangibles).

Fourth Quarter 2017 Results Conference Call Details A conference call hosted by Benchmark management will be held today at 5:00 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 machining services to original equipment manufacturers in the following industries: industrial controls, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, and test and instrumentation. Benchmark’s global operations include facilities in eight countries, and its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

Forward-Looking Statements This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "predict" and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, often identify forward-looking statements, which are not limited to historical facts. Forward-looking statements include, among other things: guidance for 2018 results; statements, express or implied, concerning future operating results or margins, the ability to generate sales and income or cash flow; and Benchmark’s business and growth strategies and expected growth and performance. Although Benchmark believes these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they involve risks and uncertainties relating to operations, markets and the 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. Readers are advised to consult further disclosures on these risks and uncertainties, particularly in Item 1A, "Risk Factors", of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this document, and it assumes no obligation to update them.

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.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures This document includes certain financial measures that exclude items and therefore are not in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). A detailed reconciliation between GAAP results and results excluding special items ("non-GAAP") is included in the Appendix of this document. 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. This document also references "free cash flow", which the Company defines as cash flow from operations less additions to property, plant and equipment and purchased software. The Company’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.

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,
2017
2017
2016
2017
2016
Income from operations (GAAP)
$
23,144
$
20,815
$
23,548
$
78,603
$
75,638
Restructuring charges and other costs
3,062
2,511
2,663
8,628
12,539
Customer insolvency (recovery)
(239)
(1,514)
-
2,657
-
Amortization of intangible assets
2,367
2,736
2,893
10,065
11,838
Non-GAAP income from operations
$
28,334
$
24,548
$
29,104
$
99,953
$
100,015
Net income (loss) (GAAP)
$
(76,340) $
17,512
$
18,568
$
(31,965) $
64,047
Restructuring charges and other costs
3,062
2,511
2,663
8,628
12,539
Customer insolvency (recovery)
(239)
(1,514)
-
2,657
-
Amortization of intangible assets
2,367
2,736
2,893
10,065
11,838
Income tax adjustments(1)
(1,793)
(1,674)
(1,781)
(6,312)
(7,695)
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act(2)
97,633
-
-
97,633
-
Discrete tax benefits
-
-
-
-
(8,270)
Non-GAAP net income
$
24,690
$
19,571
$
22,343
$
80,706
$
72,459
Diluted Earnings (loss) per share:
Diluted (GAAP)
$
(1.54)
$
0.35
$
0.37
$
(0.64)
$
1.29
Diluted (Non-GAAP)
$
0.49
$
0.39
$
0.45
$
1.61
$
1.45
Weighted-average number of shares used in calculating diluted earnings (loss) per share:
Diluted (GAAP)(3)
49,576
50,330
49,544
49,680
49,825
Diluted (Non-GAAP)
49,998
50,330
49,544
50,250
49,825
(1) This amount represents the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments using the applicable effective tax rates.
(2) This amount represents the estimated impact of the U.S. Tax Reform and includes the impact of a one-time mandatory tax on the deemed repatriation of undistributed foreign earnings and the re-measurement of U.S. deferred tax assets and liabilities for the decrease in the U.S. federal tax rate from 35% to 21%.
(3) Potentially diluted securities totaling 0.4 million and 0.6 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017, respectively, were not included in the computation of GAAP diluted loss per share because their effect would have decreased the loss per share.
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,
2017
2016
2017
2016
Sales
$
679,856
$ 607,507
$
2,466,811 $
2,310,415
Cost of sales
617,961
550,037
2,239,114
2,096,952
Gross profit
61,895
57,470
227,697
213,463
Selling, general and administrative expenses
33,322
28,366
130,401
113,448
Amortization of intangible assets
2,367
2,893
10,065
11,838
Restructuring charges and other costs
3,062
2,663
8,628
12,539
Income from operations
23,144
23,548
78,603
75,638
Interest expense
(2,544)
(2,369)
(9,405)
(9,304)
Interest income
1,749
966
5,370
2,136
Other income (expense), net
(481)
253
(1,786)
(282)
Income before income taxes
21,868
22,398
72,782
68,188
Income tax expense
98,208
3,830
104,747
4,141
Net income (loss)
$
(76,340) $ 18,568
$
(31,965)
$
64,047
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic
$
(1.54)
$ 0.38
$
(0.64)
$
1.30
Diluted
$
(1.54)
$ 0.37
$
(0.64)
$
1.29
Weighted-average number of shares used in calculating earnings (loss) per share:
Basic
49,576
49,063
49,680
49,298
Diluted
49,576
49,544
49,680
49,825
Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
December 31,
December 31,
2017
2016
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
742,546
$
681,433
Accounts receivable, net
436,560
440,692
Inventories
397,181
381,334
Other current assets
42,383
28,203
Total current assets
1,618,670
1,531,662
Property, plant and equipment, net
186,473
166,148
Goodwill and other, net
292,174
300,858
Total assets
$
2,097,317
$
1,998,668
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Current installments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations $
18,274
$
12,396
Accounts payable
362,701
326,249
Accrued liabilities
97,341
73,736
Total current liabilities
478,316
412,381
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less current installments
193,406
211,252
Other long-term liabilities
96,776
9,570
Shareholders’ equity
1,328,819
1,365,465
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
2,097,317
$
1,998,668
Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(UNAUDITED)
Year Ended
December 31,
2017
2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss)
$ (31,965) $ 64,047
Depreciation and amortization
48,672
55,139
Stock-based compensation expense
7,815
5,322
Accounts receivable, net
6,354
37,573
Inventories
(14,015)
27,749
Accounts payable
29,542
76,039
Other changes in working capital and other
99,439
7,219
Net cash provided by operations
145,842
273,088
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to property, plant and equipment and software
(54,506)
(32,334)
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired
-
10,750
Other investing activities, net
(1,615)
339
Net cash used in investing activities
(56,121)
(21,245)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Share repurchases
(29,348)
(41,929)
Net debt activity
(12,396)
(12,301)
Other financing activities, net
10,392
18,920
Net cash used in financing activities
(31,352)
(35,310)
Effect of exchange rate changes
2,744
(1,095)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
61,113
215,438
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
681,433
465,995
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$ 742,546
$ 681,433

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