JERSEY CITY, N.J., Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bel Fuse Inc. (NASDAQ:BELFA and NASDAQ:BELFB) today announced preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Net sales of $140.7 million, representing year-over-year growth of $9.1 million, or 6.9%
  • GAAP net earnings of $6.6 million compared to $3.1 million in second quarter 2017.  GAAP EPS of $0.52 per Class A share (versus $0.24 in Q2-17) and $0.56 per Class B share (versus $0.26 in Q2-17)
  • Non-GAAP net earnings of $7.4 million compared to $6.1 million in second quarter 2017. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.58 per Class A share (versus $0.48 in Q2-17) and $0.62 per Class B share (versus $0.51 in Q2-17)
  • $176.9 million in backlog represents gain of $30.4 million, or 21%, from December 31, 2017
  • Quarterly bookings (orders received) of $150.7 million, highest since third quarter of 2014

Non-GAAP financial measures, such as Non-GAAP net earnings, Non-GAAP EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, exclude the impact of costs associated with ERP system implementation costs and restructuring charges. Please refer to the financial information included with this press release for reconciliations of GAAP financial measures to Non-GAAP financial measures and our explanation of why we present Non-GAAP financial measures.

CEO Comments
Daniel Bernstein, President and CEO, said, “We are pleased to report our third consecutive quarter of year-over-year sales growth, reflecting higher sales volume across all major product groups. This was led by a 17% increase in sales through our distribution partners, which has been a strategic growth area over the past two years.  Within our Connectivity Solutions group, we saw higher sales of our Stewart passive connectors for structured cabling applications and strength in the military segment for our Cinch optical and copper connectors used in encryption, communications and flight-grade applications.  Sales within our Magnetic Solutions group benefited from increased demand for our Signal Transformer products for use in medical equipment and a higher volume of our integrated connector modules for next-generation switching products.  Our Power Solutions and Protection group also had a strong quarter resulting from higher sales of power supplies for use in traditional datacenters and blockchain technology applications. 

The second quarter of 2018 marked the highest bookings quarter since the third quarter of 2014, which is very encouraging.  Our backlog has increased by 27% from a year ago bringing it to $176.9 million at June 30, 2018, with increases seen across all of our major product groups.  We are confident that our sales growth is sustainable, as evidenced by our strong backlog.

While we have good visibility into the third quarter and are optimistic as to the business opportunities we see ahead, we continue to see challenges in labor and material costs, and within certain areas of the supply chain, including resistors, capacitors, mosfets and printed circuit boards.  Additionally, on July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative implemented increased duty percentages across several hundred Harmonized Tariff Codes that cover several thousand products imported from the PRC into the U.S. by Bel.  In order to contain and offset these margin challenges, we are invoicing surcharges and pricing adjustments to our customers to cover costs incurred to expedite material lead times and additional duties imposed on products imported from the PRC. In the event that any additional tariff proposals are put into effect later in 2018, we would expect to implement similar measures to preserve our gross margins,” concluded Mr. Bernstein.

Financial Summary

All comparative percentages are on a year-over-year basis, unless otherwise noted.

Second Quarter 2018 Results

Net Sales
Net sales were $140.7 million, up 6.9% from last year’s second quarter.

  • By geographic segment: Europe was up by 14.1%, North America was up by 9.8% and Asia sales were the same as the second quarter of 2017. 
  • By product group: Connectivity Solutions sales were up by 11.6%, Magnetic Solutions sales grew by 4.7% and Power Solutions and Protection sales were up by 4.4%. 

On a consolidated basis, sales increased by $9.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017.  This was also the first quarter of year-over-year sales growth for our Power Solutions and Protection group since the acquisition of Power Solutions in 2014, despite a $2.1 million decline in sales related to our discontinued NPS product line. 

Gross Profit
Gross profit margin decreased to 20.6%, from 22.1% in the second quarter of 2017, primarily due to unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations, as the Chinese Renminbi appreciated by approximately 7% against the U.S. Dollar in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2017.  Approximately 70% of the Company’s associates and contract labor are located in the PRC and paid in Renminbi.  Effective February 1, 2018, the PRC also implemented an increase to the minimum wage in a region where one of Bel’s factories is located.  This increase in minimum wage is expected to result in higher labor costs of approximately $1.0 million - $1.4 million per year at this facility going forward. 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (SG&A)
SG&A expenses were $18.3 million, down from $21.7 million in the second quarter of 2017. The reduction in SG&A expenses primarily related to a $3.5 million favorable swing in foreign exchange rates (a gain of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to a foreign exchange loss of $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2017).  

Operating Income
Operating income was $10.7 million, up from $7.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, with an operating margin of 7.6% compared to 5.5% in the second quarter of 2017.

Income Taxes
The provision for income taxes was $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2018, up slightly from the same period of 2017.  This resulted in an effective tax rate of 26.6% during the second quarter of 2018, compared to an effective tax rate of 42.4% during the same quarter last year.  The change in the effective tax rate is primarily attributable to a decrease in tax expense in the North America segment due to the reduction in the U.S. tax rate from 35% in 2017 to 21% in 2018, as well as a decrease in the taxes related to uncertain tax positions.  These reductions were partially offset by an increase in U.S. taxes relating to income from foreign subsidiaries taxed in the U.S. as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Additionally, the 2017 period included U.S. and foreign taxes accrued for gains recognized on a Bel Fuse legal entity restructuring transaction.  The Company continues to evaluate updates to the new tax law and may adjust its initial estimate of the transition tax throughout 2018 as further information becomes available.

Net Earnings
The above factors resulted in net earnings of $6.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 as compared with $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 Results

Net Sales
Net sales were $259.0 million, up 5.6% from the first half of 2017.

  • By geographic segment, Europe was up by 14.9%, North America was higher by 4.3% and Asia was up by 3.2%. 
  • By product group, Connectivity Solutions sales were up by 7.4%, Magnetic Solutions sales were 6.8% higher and Power Solutions and Protection sales were up by 2.5%. 

On a consolidated basis, sales increased by $13.7 million in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017, despite a $3.7 million decline in sales related to the discontinuation of our NPS product line within the Power Solutions Business. 

Gross Profit
Gross profit margin decreased to 19.4%, from 21.4% in the first half of 2017, primarily due to an unfavorable fluctuation in the Chinese Renminbi against the U.S. Dollar.  The above-mentioned minimum wage increases in the PRC also had an unfavorable impact on our gross profit margin during the 2018 period. 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (SG&A)
SG&A expenses were $39.0 million, down from $42.7 million in the first half of 2017. The reduction in SG&A expenses primarily related to a $3.0 million favorable swing in foreign exchange rates (a gain of $0.9 million in the first half of 2018 compared to a foreign exchange loss of $2.1 million in the first half of 2017).  Other factors contributing to the lower SG&A expense in the 2018 period were lower legal and professional fees and a reduction in depreciation and amortization expense from the 2017 period.

Operating Income
Operating income was $11.1 million, up from $9.6 million in the first half of 2017, with an operating margin of 4.3% compared to 3.9% in the first half of 2017.

Income Taxes
The provision for income taxes was $2.7 million in the first half of 2018 as compared with $2.3 million during the same period of 2017.  This resulted in an effective tax rate of 33.8% during the first half of 2018, compared to 37.0% during the same period last year.  The change in the effective tax rate is primarily attributable to the same factors noted above related to the second quarter.  

Net Earnings
The above factors resulted in net earnings of $5.3 million in the first six months of 2018 as compared with $3.9 million in the same period of 2017.

Balance Sheet Data

As of June 30, 2018, working capital was $182.9 million, including $55.7 million of cash and cash equivalents with a current ratio of 2.9-to-1.  In comparison, as of December 31, 2017, working capital was $178.8 million, including $69.4 million of cash and cash equivalents with a current ratio of 3.0-to-1.  Total debt at June 30, 2018 was $115.5 million as compared to $122.7 million at December 31, 2017, reflecting $7.5 million of debt repayments made during the first half of 2018.

Conference Call
Bel has scheduled a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET today.  To participate in the conference call, investors should dial 888-220-8451, or 323-794-2588 if dialing internationally. The presentation will additionally be broadcast live over the Internet and will be available at https://ir.belfuse.com/events-and-presentations. The webcast will be available via replay for a period of 20 days at this same Internet address.  For those unable to access the live call, a telephone replay will be available at 844-512-2921, or 412-317-6671 if dialing internationally, using access code 1322415 after 2:00 p.m. ET, also for 20 days.

About Bel
Bel (www.belfuse.com) designs, manufactures and markets a broad array of products that power, protect and connect electronic circuits.  These products are primarily used in the networking, telecommunications, computing, military, aerospace, transportation and broadcasting industries.  Bel's product groups include Magnetic Solutions (integrated connector modules, power transformers, power inductors and discrete components), Power Solutions and Protection (front-end, board-mount and industrial power products, module products and circuit protection), and Connectivity Solutions (expanded beam fiber optic, copper-based, RF and RJ connectors and cable assemblies).  The Company operates facilities around the world.

Forward-Looking Statements
Non-historical information contained in this press release (including the statements regarding the sustainability of Bel’s sales growth, Bel’s future business opportunities, the challenges associated with labor and material costs and within certain areas of Bel’s supply chain and the impact on Bel’s margins of recently announced, as well as any future, changes in tariffs) are forward-looking statements (as described under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from Bel's projections. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements are: the market concerns facing our customers; the continuing viability of sectors that rely on our products; the effects of business and economic conditions; difficulties associated with integrating recently acquired companies; capacity and supply constraints or difficulties; product development, commercialization or technological difficulties; the regulatory and trade environment; risks associated with foreign currencies; uncertainties associated with legal proceedings; the market's acceptance of the Company's new products and competitive responses to those new products; our ongoing evaluation of the consequences of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the impact of changes to U.S. trade and tariff policies; and the risk factors detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. In light of the risks and uncertainties impacting our business, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will in fact prove to be correct. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The non-GAAP measures identified in this press release as well as in the supplementary information to this press release (Non-GAAP net earnings, Non-GAAP EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA) are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP").  These measures should not be considered a substitute for, and the reader should also consider, income from operations, net earnings, earnings per share and other measures of performance as defined by GAAP as indicators of our performance or profitability. Our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to other similarly-titled captions of other companies due to differences in the method of calculation.  We present results adjusted to exclude the effects of certain unusual or special items and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under U.S. GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods.  We may use Non-GAAP financial measures to determine performance-based compensation and management believes that this information may be useful to investors.

Website Information
We routinely post important information for investors on our website, www.belfuse.com, in the "Investor Relations" section. We use our website as a means of disclosing material, otherwise non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investor Relations section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.

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Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)(2)
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
   2018   2017   2018   2017 
         
Net sales $   140,710   $   131,617   $   258,961   $   245,285  
Cost of sales    111,696     102,490     208,814     192,795 
Gross profit    29,014      29,127      50,147      52,490  
As a % of net sales  20.6%  22.1%  19.4%  21.4%
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses    18,306     21,723     38,998     42,698 
As a % of net sales  13.0%  16.5%  15.1%  17.4%
Restructuring charges    41     138     45     171 
         
Income from operations    10,667      7,266      11,104      9,621  
As a % of net sales  7.6%  5.5%  4.3%  3.9%
         
Interest expense    (1,349)    (1,586)    (2,527)    (3,010)
Other income/expense, net    (285)    (268)    (521)    (476)
Earnings before benefit for income taxes    9,033      5,412      8,056      6,135  
         
Provision for income taxes    2,399     2,292     2,724     2,269 
Effective tax rate  26.6%  42.4%  33.8%  37.0%
Net earnings  $   6,634   $   3,120   $   5,332   $   3,866  
As a % of net sales  4.7%  2.4%  2.1%  1.6%
         
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:        
Class A common shares - basic and diluted    2,175      2,175      2,175      2,175  
Class B common shares - basic and diluted    9,844      9,859      9,850      9,852  
         
Net earnings per common share:        
Class A common shares - basic and diluted $   0.52   $   0.24   $   0.41   $   0.30  
Class B common shares - basic and diluted $   0.56   $   0.26   $   0.45   $   0.33  
         
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2018 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
         
(2) The statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 reflect immaterial reclassifications related to the retrospective adoption of new accounting guidance related to presentation of pension costs within the statement of operations.  There was no impact on net earnings in connection with the adoption of this guidance.
         

 

Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)
  June 30, December 31,
  2018 2017
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $  55,730 $  69,354
Accounts receivable, net    88,972    78,808
Inventories    106,448    107,719
Other current assets    27,970    10,218
  Total current assets    279,120     266,099
Property, plant and equipment, net    42,944    43,495
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net    84,756    89,543
Other assets    29,928    32,128
Total assets $   436,748  $   431,265
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $  59,370 $  47,947
Current portion of long-term debt    2,506    2,641
Other current liabilities    34,329    36,712
  Total current liabilities    96,205     87,300
Long-term debt    112,958    120,053
Other liabilities    64,288    65,952
  Total liabilities    273,451     273,305
Stockholders' equity    163,297    157,960
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   436,748  $   431,265
     
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2018 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

 

Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA(2)
(in thousands, unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
   2018   2017   2018   2017 
         
GAAP Net earnings $   6,634   $   3,120   $   5,332   $   3,866  
Interest expense    1,349     1,586     2,527     3,010 
Provision for income taxes    2,399     2,292     2,724     2,269 
Depreciation and amortization    4,544     5,249     9,320     10,476 
EBITDA $   14,926   $   12,247   $   19,903   $   19,621  
% of net sales  10.6%  9.3%  7.7%  8.0%
         
Unusual or special items:        
ERP system implementation consulting costs    875     639     1,198     1,088 
Professional fees related to legal entity restructuring    -      200     -      200 
Restructuring charges    41     138     45     171 
         
Adjusted EBITDA $   15,842   $   13,224   $   21,146   $   21,080  
% of net sales  11.3%  10.0%  8.2%  8.6%
         
         
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2018 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(2) In this press release and supplemental information, we have included Non-GAAP financial measures, including Non-GAAP EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. We present results adjusted to exclude the effects of certain specified items and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods. We may use Non-GAAP financial measures to determine performance-based compensation and management believes that this information may be useful to investors. 
         

 

The following tables detail the impact of certain unusual or non-recurring items had on the Company's net earnings per common Class A and Class B basic and diluted shares ("EPS") and the line items these items were included on the condensed consolidated statements of operations.
                     
  Three Months Ended June 30, 2018 Three Months Ended June 30, 2017
Reconciling Items Earnings
before taxes
 Provision
for income
taxes
 Net
earnings
 Class A
EPS
 Class B
EPS
 Earnings
before taxes
 Benefit from
income taxes
 Net
earnings
 Class A
EPS
 Class B
EPS
                     
GAAP measures $   9,033  $   2,399  $   6,634  $   0.52  $   0.56  $   5,412  $   2,292   $   3,120  $   0.24  $   0.26
Items included in SG&A expenses:                    
ERP system implementation consulting costs    875    165    710    0.06    0.06    639    193     446    0.04    0.04
Professional fees related to legal entity restructuring    -     -     -     -     -     200    76     124    0.01    0.01
Restructuring charges    41    8    33    -     -     138    46     92    0.01    0.01
Items included in income taxes:                    
Incremental tax related to legal entity restructuring    -     -     -     -     -     -     (2,308)    2,308    0.18    0.19
Non-GAAP measures $   9,949  $   2,572  $   7,377  $   0.58  $   0.62  $   6,389  $   299   $   6,090  $   0.48  $   0.51
                     
     
  Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 Six Months Ended June 30, 2017
Reconciling Items Earnings
before taxes
 Provision
for income
taxes
 Net
earnings
 Class A
EPS
 Class B
EPS
 Earnings
before taxes
 Benefit from
income taxes
 Net
earnings
 Class A
EPS
 Class B
EPS
                     
GAAP measures $   8,056  $   2,724  $   5,332  $   0.41  $   0.45  $   6,135  $   2,269   $   3,866  $   0.30  $   0.33
Items included in SG&A expenses:                    
ERP system assessment costs    1,198    225    973    0.08    0.08    1,088    333     755    0.06    0.06
Professional fees related to legal entity restructuring    -     -     -     -     -     200    76     124    0.01    0.01
Restructuring charges    45    9    36    -     -     171    44     127    0.01    0.01
Items included in income taxes:                    
Incremental tax related to legal entity restructuring    -     -     -     -     -     -     (2,308)    2,308    0.18    0.19
Non-GAAP measures $   9,299  $   2,958  $   6,341  $   0.49  $   0.53  $   7,594  $   414   $   7,180  $   0.56  $   0.60
                     

Investor Contact:
Darrow Associates
tel 516.419.9915
pseltzberg@darrowir.com
 Company Contact:
Daniel Bernstein
President
ir@belf.com