PLXS
$60.12
Plexus Cp
($4.24)
(6.59%)
Earnings Details
1st Quarter December 2017
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:15:18 PM
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Plexus Cp Misses

Plexus Cp (PLXS) reported 1st Quarter December 2017 earnings of $0.75 per share on revenue of $677.3 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.80 per share on revenue of $684.7 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.82 per share. Revenue grew 6.7% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects second quarter earnings of $0.68 to $0.78 per share on revenue of $670.0 million to $710.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.83 per share on revenue of $687.9 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2018.

Plexus Corp and its subsidiaries participate in the electronic manufacturing services industry. It delivers optimized product realization solutions through a product realization value stream services model.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.75
Earnings Whisper
$0.82
Consensus Estimate
$0.80
Reported Revenue
$677.3 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$684.7 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Guidance
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Earnings Release

Plexus Announces Fiscal First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Fiscal first quarter 2018 record revenue of $677 million

GAAP diluted loss per share of $2.93; non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS of $0.75, excluding $3.59 per share of tax expense due to the estimated impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts & Jobs Act ("U.S. Tax Reform")

Initiates fiscal second quarter 2018 revenue guidance of $670 to $710 million with GAAP diluted EPS of $0.68 to $0.78, excluding any additional impact related to U.S. Tax Reform

Plexus (PLXS) today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 30, 2017, and guidance for its fiscal second quarter ending March 31, 2018.

Three Months Ended
Dec 30, 2017
Dec 30, 2017
Mar 31, 2018
Q1F18 Results
Q1F18 Guidance
Q2F18 Guidance
Summary GAAP Items
Revenue (in millions)
$677
$665 to $705
$670 to $710
Operating margin
4.7
%
4.6% to 5.0%
4.3% to 4.7%
Diluted (loss) earnings per share (1)
$(2.93
)
$0.75 to $0.85
$0.68 to $0.78
Summary Non-GAAP Items (2)
Adjusted diluted EPS (3)
$0.75
Return on invested capital (ROIC)
16.2
%
Economic Return
6.7
%
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.11 for Q1F18 results and $0.13 for Q2F18 guidance and $3.59 per share of tax expense in Q1F18 related to the effects of U.S. Tax Reform
(2) Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information in Tables 1 and 2 for non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this release, such as adjusted diluted EPS, ROIC and Economic Return, and a reconciliation of these measures to GAAP
(3) Includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.11 and excludes $3.59 per share of tax expense related to the effects of U.S. Tax Reform

Fiscal First Quarter 2018 Information

Won 44 manufacturing programs during the quarter representing approximately $200 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production

Trailing four quarter wins total approximately $794 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production

-- Purchased $9.5 million of our shares at an average price of $60.25 per share

-- $125 million of estimated tax expense related to U.S. Tax Reform

Todd Kelsey, President and CEO, commented, "We achieved record revenue of $677 million in our fiscal first quarter of 2018. We again delivered operating margin within our target range of 4.7% to 5.0%, resulting in fiscal first quarter 2018 non-GAAP EPS of $0.75. We incurred $125 million of tax expense as a consequence of U.S. Tax Reform, negatively impacting our GAAP diluted EPS. Despite the large tax charge, we view the reform as immensely beneficial for Plexus as it provides us the opportunity to efficiently access our global cash. Therefore, we are refining our capital allocation philosophy and plan, which we will share within the coming months."

Patrick Jermain, Senior Vice President and CFO, commented, "During the fiscal first quarter we generated $52 million in free cash flow, a result well above our projections. Fiscal first quarter cash cycle of 67 days was favorable to our expectations as we benefitted from progress on our working capital initiatives. As we look forward to the fiscal second quarter, we expect cash outflows of $30 to $50 million to support higher capital spending and working capital investments necessary for anticipated growth. With this in mind, we still project free cash flow for fiscal 2018 to exceed $100 million." Mr. Jermain concluded, "We ended the quarter with a cash balance of $507 million, of which approximately 90% is held offshore. With the recent U.S. Tax Reform, we look forward to deploying this cash in the best interests of our stakeholders."

Mr. Kelsey continued, "Looking forward, we anticipate continued sequential revenue growth as we benefit from new program ramps and improving end markets. As a result, we are guiding fiscal second quarter 2018 revenue in the range of $670 to $710 million. While we are working diligently to maintain our operating margin within our target range, we expect our margins to be under pressure in the current quarter due to multiple program ramps and seasonal payroll headwinds. We are guiding GAAP EPS in the range of $0.68 to $0.78 for the fiscal second quarter 2018, exclusive of any additional impact related to U.S. Tax Reform."

Mr. Kelsey concluded, "Our revenue outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2018 continues to strengthen. We currently expect growth across each of our market sectors, which would lead to double-digit revenue growth overall. In addition, we anticipate operating margin within our target range for each of the final two quarters of the fiscal year."

Quarterly Comparison
Three Months Ended
Dec 30, 2017
Sept 30, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
(in thousands, except EPS)
Q1F18
Q4F17
Q1F17
Revenue
$
677,294
$
669,852
$
635,019
Gross profit
63,523
66,514
64,356
Operating income
31,557
33,965
33,903
Net (loss) income
(98,493
)
29,009
28,179
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $
(2.93
)
$
0.84
$
0.82
Adjusted net income*
26,019
29,009
28,179
Adjusted diluted EPS*
$
0.75
$
0.84
$
0.82
Gross margin
9.4
%
9.9
%
10.1
%
Operating margin
4.7
%
5.1
%
5.3
%
ROIC*
16.2
%
16.2
%
17.3
%
Economic Return*
6.7
%
5.7
%
6.8
%
*Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables 1 and 2 for a reconciliation to GAAP measures.

Business Segment and Market Sector Revenue

The Company measures operational performance and allocates resources on a geographic segment basis. Plexus also reports revenue based on the market sector breakout set forth in the table below, which reflects the Company’s global market sector focused business development strategy. Top 10 customers comprised 58% of revenue during the quarter, up three percentage points from the fiscal fourth quarter of 2017.

Business Segments ($ in millions)
Three Months Ended
Dec 30, 2017
Sept 30, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Q1F18
Q4F17
Q1F17
Americas
$
299
314
$
315
Asia-Pacific
346
334
310
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
64
55
39
Elimination of inter-segment sales (32
)
(33
)
(29
)
Total Revenue
$
677
$
670
$
635
Market Sectors ($ in millions) Three Months Ended
Dec 30, 2017
Sept 30, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Q1F18
Q4F17
Q1F17
Healthcare/Life Sciences
$
237
35%
$
233
35%
$
211
33%
Industrial/Commercial
207
30%
189
28%
206
32%
Communications
133
20%
140
21%
131
21%
Aerospace/Defense
100
15%
108
16%
87
14%
Total Revenue
$
677
$
670
$
635

Non-GAAP Supplemental Information

Plexus provides non-GAAP supplemental information, such as ROIC, Economic Return, and free cash flow, because such measures are used for internal management goals and decision making, and because they provide management and investors additional insight into financial performance. In addition, management uses these and other non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating margin, to provide a better understanding of core performance for purposes of period-to-period comparisons. Plexus believes that these measures are also useful to investors because they provide further insight by eliminating the effect of items, such as the effects of U.S. Tax Reform, that are not reflective of continuing operations. For a full reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to comparable GAAP measures, please refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information and the attached Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables.

ROIC and Economic Return

ROIC for the fiscal first quarter of 2018 was 16.2%. The Company defines ROIC as tax-effected annualized adjusted operating income divided by average invested capital over a two-quarter period for the first quarter. Invested capital is defined as equity plus debt, less cash and cash equivalents. The Company’s weighted average cost of capital for fiscal 2018 is 9.5%. ROIC for the quarter less the Company’s weighted average cost of capital resulted in an economic return of 6.7%.

Free Cash Flow Calculation

The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows provided by operations less capital expenditures. For the three months ended December 30, 2017, cash flows provided by operations was $69.1 million, less capital expenditures of $16.7 million, resulting in free cash flow of $52.4 million.

Cash Cycle Days
Three Months Ended
Dec 30, 2017
Sept 30, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Q1F18
Q4F17
Q1F17
Days in Accounts Receivable 45
50
49
Days in Inventory
100
99
90
Days in Accounts Payable
(63)
(63)
(60)
Days in Cash Deposits
(15)
(16)
(13)
Annualized Cash Cycle*
67
70
66
*We calculate cash cycle as the sum of days in accounts receivable and days in inventory, less days in accounts payable and days in cash deposits.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

What:
Plexus Fiscal Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
When:
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Where:
Participants are encouraged to join the live webcast at the investor relations section of the Plexus website, https://plexus.gcs-web.com/events-and-presentations/upcoming-events, where a slide presentation reviewing fiscal first quarter 2018 results will also be made available ahead of the conference call.
Conference call at +1.800.708.4540 with passcode: 46142713
Replay: The webcast will be archived on the Plexus website and available via telephone replay at
+1.888.843.7419 or +1.630.652.3042 with passcode: 46142713

Investor and Media Contact

Susan Hanson

+1.920.751.5491

susan.hanson@plexus.com

About Plexus - The Product Realization Company

Since 1979, Plexus has been partnering with companies to create the products that build a better world. We are a team of over 16,000, providing global Design and Development, Supply Chain Solutions, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing, and Aftermarket Services. Plexus is an industry leader that specializes in serving customers with complex products used in demanding regulatory environments. With a culture built around innovation and customer service, Plexus’ teams create customized end-to-end solutions to assure the realization of the most intricate products. For more information about Plexus, visit our website, plexus.com.

Safe Harbor and Fair Disclosure Statement

The statements contained in this press release that are guidance or which are not historical facts (such as statements in the future tense and statements including believe, expect, intend, plan, anticipate, goal, target and similar terms and concepts), including all discussions of periods which are not yet completed, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk of customer delays, changes, cancellations or forecast inaccuracies in both ongoing and new programs; the lack of visibility of future orders, particularly in view of changing economic conditions; the economic performance of the industries, sectors and customers we serve; the effects of the volume of revenue from certain sectors or programs on our margins in particular periods; our ability to secure new customers, maintain our current customer base and deliver product on a timely basis; the particular risks relative to new or recent customers, programs or services, which risks include customer and other delays, start-up costs, potential inability to execute, the establishment of appropriate terms of agreements, and the lack of a track record of order volume and timing; the risks of concentration of work for certain customers; the effect of start-up costs of new programs and facilities; possible unexpected costs and operating disruption in transitioning programs, including transitions between Company facilities; the risk that new program wins and/or customer demand may not result in the expected revenue or profitability; the fact that customer orders may not lead to long-term relationships; our ability to manage successfully and execute a complex business model characterized by high product mix, low volumes and demanding quality, regulatory, and other requirements; the ability to realize anticipated savings from restructuring or similar actions, as well as the adequacy of related charges as compared to actual expenses; increasing regulatory and compliance requirements; risks related to information technology systems and data security; the effects of U.S. Tax Reform and of regional results and tax developments on our taxes and ability to use deferred tax assets and net operating losses; the effects of shortages and delays in obtaining components as a result of economic cycles or natural disasters; the risks associated with excess and obsolete inventory, including the risk that inventory purchased on behalf of our customers may not be consumed or otherwise paid for by the customer, resulting in an inventory write-off; the weakness of areas of the global economy; the effect of changes in the pricing and margins of products; raw materials and component cost fluctuations; the potential effect of fluctuations in the value of the currencies in which we transact business; the effects of changes in economic conditions, political conditions, trade protection measures, and tax matters in the United States and in the other countries in which we do business (including as a result of the United Kingdom’s pending exit from the European Union); the potential effect of other world or local events or other events outside our control (such as changes in energy prices, terrorism and weather events); the impact of increased competition; changes in financial accounting standards; and other risks detailed herein and in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings (particularly in "Risk Factors" in our fiscal 2017 Form 10-K).

PLEXUS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Dec 30,
Dec 31,
2017
2016
Net sales
$
677,294
$
635,019
Cost of sales
613,771
570,663
Gross profit
63,523
64,356
Selling and administrative expenses
31,966
30,453
Operating income
31,557
33,903
Other income (expense):
Interest expense
(3,725
)
(3,274
)
Interest income
1,555
1,071
Miscellaneous
(346
)
(674
)
Income before income taxes
29,041
31,026
Income tax expense
127,534
2,847
Net (loss) income
$
(98,493 )
$
28,179
Net (loss) earnings per share:
Basic
$
(2.93
)
$
0.84
Diluted
$
(2.93
)
$
0.82
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic
33,567
33,534
Diluted
33,567
34,544
PLEXUS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Dec 30,
Sept 30,
2017
2017
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
506,694
$
568,860
Restricted cash
8,157
394
Accounts receivable
334,776
365,513
Inventories
669,894
654,642
Prepaid expenses and other
31,362
28,046
Total current assets
1,550,883
1,617,455
Property, plant and equipment, net
318,358
314,665
Deferred income taxes
5,302
5,292
Other
41,664
38,770
Total non-current assets
365,324
358,727
Total assets
$
1,916,207
$
1,976,182
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations
$
179,881
$
286,934
Accounts payable
420,984
413,999
Customer deposits
102,823
107,837
Accrued salaries and wages
52,483
49,376
Other accrued liabilities
61,006
49,445
Total current liabilities
817,177
907,591
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion
26,047
26,173
Accrued income taxes payable
99,897
--
Deferred income taxes
21,906
--
Other Liabilities
17,331
16,479
Total non-current liabilities
165,181
42,652
Total liabilities
982,358
950,243
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000 shares authorized,
52,231 and 51,934 shares issued, respectively,
and 33,607 and 33,464 shares outstanding, respectively
522
519
Additional paid-in-capital
567,562
555,297
Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 18,624 and 18,470, respectively (583,651
)
(574,104
)
Retained earnings
950,713
1,049,206
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(1,297
)
(4,979
)
Total shareholders’ equity
933,849
1,025,939
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
1,916,207
$
1,976,182
PLEXUS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION Table 1
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Dec 30,
Sept 30,
Dec 31,
2017
2017
2016
Net (loss) income, as reported
$
(98,493 )
$
29,009
$
28,179
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Income tax expense due to U.S. Tax Reform (1)
124,512
--
--
Adjusted net income
$
26,019
$
29,009
$
28,179
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as reported
33,567
34,482
34,544
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as adjusted (2)
34,630
34,482
34,544
Diluted (loss) earnings per share, as reported
$
(2.93
)
$
0.84
$
0.82
Non-GAAP per share adjustments:
Impact of dilutive shares excluded from GAAP results due to the net loss position (2) 0.09
--
--
Income tax expense due to U.S. Tax Reform (1)
3.59
--
--
Adjusted diluted earnings per share
$
0.75
$
0.84
$
0.82
(1) During Q1F18, as a result of the enactment of U.S. Tax Reform, $124.5 million of tax expense was recorded; of this amount, $101.8 million related to the federal and state tax expense on deemed repatriation of our un-repatriated foreign earnings under §965 of the Internal Revenue Code and $22.7 million related to the reversal of the Company’s permanently reinvested assertion on historical foreign undistributed earnings.
(2) For the three months ended December 30, 2017, the total weighted average number of potentially-dilutive securities was 1.1 million. However, these securities were not included in the computation of GAAP diluted net loss per share since to do so would have decreased the loss per share.
PLEXUS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION Table 2
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
ROIC and Economic Return Calculations
Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
Three Months Ended
Dec 30,
Sept 30,
Dec 31,
2017
2017
2016
Operating income
$
31,557
$
129,908
$
33,903
x
4
x
4
Adjusted annualized operating income
$
126,228
$
129,908
$
135,612
Adjusted effective tax rate
x
10
%
x
8
%
x
8
%
Tax impact
12,623
10,393
10,849
Adjusted operating income (tax effected)
$
113,605
$
119,515
$
124,763
Average invested capital
÷
$
701,635
÷
$
738,266
÷
$
720,197
ROIC
16.2
%
16.2
%
17.3
%
Weighted average cost of capital
-
9.5
%
-
10.5
%
-
10.5
%
Economic return
6.7
%
5.7
%
6.8
%
Three Months Ended
Average Invested Capital
Dec 30,
Sept 30,
Jul 1,
Apr 1,
Dec 31,
Oct 1,
Calculations
2017
2017
2017
2017
2016
2016
Equity
$
933,849
$
1,025,939
$
991,306
$
961,438
$
927,542
$
916,797
Plus:
Debt - current
179,881
286,934
267,297
92,623
78,879
78,507
Debt - long-term
26,047
26,173
26,138
185,638
184,136
184,002
Less:
Cash and cash equivalents (506,694
)
(568,860
)
(519,172
)
(524,520
)
(496,505
)
(432,964
)
$
633,083
$
770,186
$
765,569
$
715,179
$
694,052
$
746,342

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