PLXS
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Plexus Cp
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Earnings Details
1st Quarter December 2016
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:02:10 PM
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Plexus Cp (PLXS) reported 1st Quarter December 2016 earnings of $0.82 per share on revenue of $635.0 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.76 per share on revenue of $633.2 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.77 per share. Revenue grew 3.0% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects second quarter earnings of $0.71 to $0.79 per share on revenue of $620.0 million to $650.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.72 per share on revenue of $648.9 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2017.

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
$0.82
Earnings Whisper
$0.77
Consensus Estimate
$0.76
Reported Revenue
$635.0 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$633.2 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Earnings Release

Plexus Announces Fiscal First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Fiscal first quarter 2017 revenue of $635 million

-- GAAP diluted EPS of $0.82

Initiates fiscal second quarter 2017 revenue guidance of $620 to $650 million with GAAP diluted EPS of $0.71 to $0.79.

Plexus (PLXS) today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2016, and guidance for its fiscal second quarter ending April 1, 2017.

Three Months Ended
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 31, 2016
Apr 1, 2017
Q1F17 Results
Q1F17 Guidance
Q2F17 Guidance
Summary GAAP Items
Revenue (in millions)
$ 635
$620 to $650
$620 to $650
Operating margin
5.3
%
4.9% to 5.2%
4.9% to 5.2%
Diluted EPS (1)
$ 0.82
$0.74 to $0.82
$0.71 to $0.79
Summary Non-GAAP Items (2)
Return on invested capital (ROIC)
17.3
%
Economic Return
6.8
%
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.10 for Q1F17 results and $0.11 for Q2F17 guidance.
(2) Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information in Tables 1 and 2 for non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this
release, such as ROIC and Economic Return, and a reconciliation of these measures to GAAP.

Fiscal First Quarter 2017 Information

Won 51 Manufacturing Solutions programs during the quarter representing approximately $217 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production

Trailing four quarter Manufacturing Solutions wins total approximately $785 million in annualized revenue

-- Purchased $7.1 million of our shares at an average price of $48.79 per share

Todd Kelsey, President and CEO, commented, "Late in the fiscal first quarter we fulfilled a broad-based pull-in of demand from customers within our Communications market sector that offset weaker than anticipated revenue from the Defense/Security/Aerospace market sector. Consequently, fiscal first quarter revenue of $635 million was at the midpoint of our guidance range. Strong operating performance enabled us to achieve GAAP diluted EPS of $0.82, at the top of our guidance range."

Mr. Kelsey continued, "Looking forward to our fiscal second quarter, we currently anticipate revenue in the range of $620 to $650 million. The midpoint of this guidance suggests revenue will be sequentially flat. Underlying revenue growth is expected to be offset by end-market weakness within the Communications market sector and an additional delay to the previously disclosed orders from a large Industrial/Commercial customer. As a result of our continued strong operating performance, we are guiding GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.71 to $0.79. Overall, our wins performance continues to accelerate with new program ramps progressing as anticipated, supporting our goal of achieving a $3 billion annual revenue run rate as we exit the fiscal year."

Patrick Jermain, Senior Vice President and CFO, commented, "During the fiscal first quarter we generated $73 million in free cash flow, a result well above our projections. Results from working capital initiatives drove fiscal first quarter cash cycle to 66 days, which was favorable to our expectations." Mr. Jermain continued, "Our sustained operating performance delivered fiscal first quarter GAAP operating margin of 5.3%. We are pleased to guide GAAP operating margins in the range of 4.9% to 5.2% for the fiscal second quarter, even with absorbing seasonal compensation cost increases and the reset of US payroll taxes."

Quarterly Comparison
Three Months Ended
Dec 31, 2016
Oct 1, 2016
Jan 2, 2016
(in thousands, except EPS) Q1F17
Q4F16
Q1F16
Revenue
$
635,019
$
653,064
$
616,664
Gross profit
$
64,356
$
61,530
$
50,059
Operating profit
$
33,903
$
23,651
$
21,524
Net income
$
28,179
$
19,093
$
14,448
Diluted EPS
$
0.82
$
0.56
$
0.42
Adjusted net income*
$
28,179
$
28,261
$
15,955
Adjusted diluted EPS*
$
0.82
$
0.82
$
0.47
Gross margin
10.1
%
9.4
%
8.1
%
Adjusted gross margin**
10.1
%
9.9
%
8.1
%
Operating margin
5.3
%
3.6
%
3.5
%
Adjusted operating margin*
5.3
%
5.1
%
3.7
%
ROIC*
17.3
%
13.8
%
10.8
%
Economic Return*
6.8
%
2.8
%
-0.2
%
*Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables 1 and 2 for a reconciliation to GAAP measures.
**Q4F16 adjusted gross margin excludes $2.9 million of primarily inventory losses sustained from a typhoon that impacted the
Company’s manufacturing facilities in Xiamen, China that were recorded in cost of sales.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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 gross margin 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 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.

Market Sector and Business Segment Revenue

Plexus 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. The Company measures operational performance and allocates resources on a geographic segment basis. Top 10 customers comprised 60% of revenue during the quarter, up one percentage point from the fiscal fourth quarter of 2016.

Market Sectors ($ in millions) Three Months Ended
Dec 31, 2016
Oct 1, 2016
Jan 2, 2016
Q1F17
Q4F16
Q1F16
Healthcare/Life Sciences
$
211
33 %
$
192
29 %
$
191
31 %
Industrial/Commercial
206
32 %
231
35 %
173
28 %
Communications
131
21 %
128
20 %
157
25 %
Defense/Security/Aerospace
87
14 %
102
16 %
96
16 %
Total Revenue
$
635
$
653
$
617
Business Segments ($ in millions)
Three Months Ended
Dec 31, 2016
Oct 1, 2016 Jan 2, 2016
Q1F17
Q4F16
Q1F16
Americas
$
315
$
334
$
305
Asia-Pacific
310
299
300
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
39
44
42
Elimination of inter-segment sales (29
)
(24
)
(30
)
Total Revenue
$
635
$
653
$
617

Non-GAAP Supplemental Information

ROIC and Economic Return

ROIC for the fiscal first quarter of 2017 was 17.3%. The Company defines ROIC as tax-effected annualized adjusted operating profit 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 2017 is 10.5%. ROIC for the quarter less the Company’s weighted average cost of capital resulted in an Economic Return of 6.8%.

Cash Conversion Cycle
Three Months Ended
Dec 31, 2016
Oct 1, 2016
Jan 2, 2016
Q1F17
Q4F16
Q1F16
Days in Accounts Receivable 49
58
53
Days in Inventory
90
87
88
Days in Accounts Payable
(60
)
(61
)
(59
)
Days in Cash Deposits
(13
)
(13
)
(11
)
Annualized Cash Cycle*
66
71
71
*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.

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 31, 2016, cash flows provided by operations was $79.5 million, less capital expenditures of $7.0 million, resulting in free cash flow of $72.5 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

What:
Plexus Fiscal Q1 2017 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
When:
Thursday, January 19, 2017 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, www.plexus.com or directly at: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/ktx495yw/lan/en
Conference call at +1.800.708.4540 with passcode: 43948707
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: 43948707

About Plexus - The Product Realization Company

Plexus (www.plexus.com) delivers optimized Product Realization solutions through a unique Product Realization Value Stream service model. This customer-focused services model seamlessly integrates innovative product conceptualization, design, commercialization, manufacturing, fulfillment and sustaining services to deliver comprehensive end-to-end solutions for customers in the America, European and Asia-Pacific regions.

Plexus is the industry leader in servicing mid-to-low volume, higher complexity customer programs characterized by unique flexibility, technology, quality and regulatory requirements. Award-winning customer service is provided to over 140 branded product companies in the Healthcare/Life Sciences, Industrial/Commercial, Communications and Defense/Security/Aerospace market sectors.

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 as a result of a facility closure; 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; the potential effects of regional results on our taxes and ability to use deferred tax assets and net operating losses; risks related to information technology systems and data security; 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; potential economic weakness and other effects resulting from the June 2016 vote of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union and the change in the U.S. presidential administration; 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 in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings (particularly in "Risk Factors" in our fiscal 2016 Form 10-K).

PLEXUS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Jan 2,
2016
2016
Net sales
$
635,019
$
616,664
Cost of sales
570,663
566,605
Gross profit
64,356
50,059
Selling and administrative expenses
30,453
27,028
Restructuring and other charges
--
1,507
Operating income
33,903
21,524
Other income (expense):
Interest expense
(3,274
)
(3,534
)
Interest income
1,071
932
Miscellaneous
(674
)
(1,620
)
Income before income taxes
31,026
17,302
Income tax expense
2,847
2,854
Net income
$
28,179
$
14,448
Earnings per share:
Basic
$
0.84
$
0.43
Diluted
$
0.82
$
0.42
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic
33,534
33,396
Diluted
34,544
34,062
PLEXUS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Dec 31,
Oct 1,
2016
2016
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
496,505
$
432,964
Restricted cash
1,342
--
Accounts receivable
343,661
416,888
Inventories
564,813
564,131
Prepaid expenses and other
24,066
19,364
Total current assets
1,430,387
1,433,347
Property, plant and equipment, net
284,968
291,225
Deferred income taxes
4,709
4,834
Other
36,115
36,413
Total non-current assets
325,792
332,472
Total assets
$
1,756,179
$
1,765,819
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations
$
78,879
$
78,507
Accounts payable
375,601
397,200
Customer deposits
83,491
84,637
Accrued salaries and wages
40,666
41,806
Other accrued liabilities
50,256
48,286
Total current liabilities
628,893
650,436
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion
184,136
184,002
Other liabilities
15,608
14,584
Total non-current liabilities
199,744
198,586
Total liabilities
828,637
849,022
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000 shares authorized,
51,516 and 51,272 shares issued, respectively,
and 33,556 and 33,457 shares outstanding, respectively
515
513
Additional paid-in-capital
537,034
530,647
Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 17,960 and 17,815, respectively (547,029
)
(539,968
)
Retained earnings
965,323
937,144
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(28,301
)
(11,539
)
Total shareholders’ equity
927,542
916,797
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
$
1,756,179
$
1,765,819
PLEXUS
NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION TABLE 1
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Oct 1,
Jan 2,
2016
2016
2016
Operating profit, as reported
$
33,903
$
23,651
$
21,524
Operating margin, as reported
5.3
%
3.6
%
3.5
%
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Typhoon-related losses (1)
--
2,871
--
Accelerated stock-based compensation expense (2) --
5,210
--
Restructuring and other charges*
--
1,805
1,507
Adjusted operating profit
$
33,903
$
33,537
$
23,031
Adjusted operating margin
5.3
%
5.1
%
3.7
%
Net income
$
28,179
$
19,093
$
14,448
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Typhoon-related losses (1)
--
2,871
--
Related tax impact
--
(718
)
--
Accelerated stock-based compensation expense (2) --
5,210
--
Restructuring and other charges*
--
1,805
1,507
Adjusted net income
$
28,179
$
28,261
$
15,955
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.82
$
0.56
$
0.42
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Typhoon-related losses (1)
--
0.08
--
Related tax impact
--
(0.02
)
--
Accelerated stock-based compensation expense (2) --
0.15
--
Restructuring and other charges*
--
0.05
0.05
Adjusted diluted earnings per share
$
0.82
$
0.82
$
0.47
*Summary of restructuring and other charges
Employee termination and severance costs
$
--
$
565
$
1,394
Other exit costs
--
460
113
Loss on sale leaseback of building
--
780
--
Total restructuring and other charges
$
--
$
1,805
$
1,507
(1) During Q4F16 $2.9 million of charges were recorded in cost of sales; these charges resulted primarily from inventory losses sustained from a typhoon that impacted the Company’s manufacturing facilities in Xiamen, China.
(2) During Q4F16 $5.2 million of accelerated stock-based compensation expense was recorded in selling and administrative expenses pursuant to the previously announced retirement agreement with the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer.
PLEXUS
NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION Table 2
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
ROIC and Economic Return Calculations
Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
Three Months Ended
Dec 31,
Oct 1
Jan 2,
2016
2016
2016
Operating profit, as reported
$
33,903
$
99,439
$
21,524
Typhon-related losses
+
--
+
2,871
+
--
Accelerated stock-based compensation expense +
--
+
5,210
+
--
Restructuring and other charges
+
--
+
7,034
+
1,507
Adjusted operating profit
$
33,903
$
114,554
$
23,031
x
4
x
4
Annualized adjusted operating profit
$
135,612
$
114,554
$
92,124
Tax rate
x
8
%
x
11
%
x
12
%
Tax impact
10,849
12,601
11,055
Adjusted operating profit (tax effected)
$
124,763
$
101,953
$
81,069
Average invested capital
÷
$
720,197
÷
$
739,986
÷
$
753,078
ROIC
17.3
%
13.8
%
10.8
%
Weighted average cost of capital
-
10.5
%
-
11.0
%
-
11.0
%
Economic return
6.8
%
2.8
%
-0.2
%
Three Months Ended
Average Invested Capital
Dec 31,
Oct 1,
Jul 2,
Apr 2,
Jan 2,
Oct 3,
Calculations
2016
2016
2016
2016
2016
2015
Equity
$
927,542
$
916,797
$
895,175
$
871,111
$
850,794
$
842,272
Plus:
Debt - current
78,879
78,507
78,279
2,300
2,864
3,513
Debt - long-term
184,136
184,002
184,479
259,565
259,289
259,257
Less:
Cash and cash equivalents (496,505
)
(432,964
)
(433,679
)
(409,796
)
(354,728
)
(357,106
)
$
694,052
$
746,342
$
724,254
$
723,180
$
758,219
$
747,936
Investor and Media Contact
Susan Hanson
+1.920.751.5491
susan.hanson@plexus.com

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