Plexus Announces Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

  • Fiscal first quarter 2016 revenue of $617 million
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.42, non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.47, excluding $0.05 per share of restructuring charges
  • Initiates fiscal second quarter 2016 revenue guidance of $600 - $630 million with diluted EPS of $0.47 to $0.55, excluding any restructuring or other charges

NEENAH, Wis., Jan. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plexus (NASDAQ:PLXS) today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended January 2, 2016, and guidance for its fiscal second quarter ending April 2, 2016.

Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, 2016 Jan. 2, 2016 April 2, 2016
Q1F16 Results Q1F16 Guidance Q2F16 Guidance
Summary GAAP Items
Revenue (in millions)$617 $600 to $625 $600 to $630
Operating margin 3.5%
Diluted EPS$0.42
Summary Non-GAAP Items
Non-GAAP operating margin, before restructuring charges (1) 3.7% 3.3% to 3.6% 3.6% to 4.0%
Non-GAAP diluted EPS, before restructuring charges (1)(2)$0.47 $0.41 to $0.48 $0.47 to $0.55
Return on invested capital (ROIC) 10.8%
Economic Return -0.2%

(1) Restructuring charges of $1.5 million for the three months ended January 2, 2016.

(2) Includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.10 for Q1F16 results and $0.11 for Q2F16 guidance.

Additional Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Information

  • Won 34 programs during the quarter representing approximately $179 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production
  • Trailing four quarter program wins total approximately $702 million in annualized revenue
  • Purchased $8.5 million of our shares at an average price of $37.23 per share

Dean Foate, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “Fiscal first quarter revenue and EPS results were largely in-line with our guidance. Consistent with the expectations we set last quarter, we are guiding our fiscal second quarter revenue sequentially flat at the midpoint of our guidance range, as new program ramps offset revenue lost from the two previously announced program disengagements. Fiscal second quarter 2016 revenue guidance is $600 to $630 million with diluted EPS in the range of $0.47 to $0.55 before restructuring charges.”

Patrick Jermain, Senior Vice President and CFO, commented, “Our working capital initiatives resulted in the fiscal first quarter cash cycle exceeding our expectations at 71 days and contributed to approximately $10 million in free cash flow during the quarter. The two lower-margin program disengagements that we outlined during our fiscal 2015 year-end earnings call continue to progress largely as planned. The subsequent announcements to close our Fremont, California site and end volume manufacturing at our Livingston, Scotland facility are both advancing as communicated. Assuming stability of our fiscal second half 2016 revenue forecasts, these actions, in combination with other productivity initiatives, further our belief that we will exit fiscal 2016 in our target operating margin range of 4.7 to 5.0 percent.”

Quarterly Comparison Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, 2016 Oct. 3, 2015 Jan. 3, 2015
(in thousands, except EPS) Q1F16 Q4F15 Q1F15
Revenue $616,664 $668,730 $664,690
Gross profit $50,059 $59,272 $61,414
Operating profit $21,524 $28,571 $28,783
Net income $14,448 $23,865 $23,079
Diluted EPS $0.42 $0.70 $0.67
Adjusted net income* $15,955 $23,514 $24,770
Adjusted diluted EPS* $0.47 $0.69 $0.72
Gross margin 8.1% 8.9% 9.2%
Operating margin 3.5% 4.3% 4.3%
Adjusted operating margin* 3.7% 4.3% 4.6%
ROIC* 10.8% 14.0% 14.4%
Economic Return* -0.2% 3.0% 3.4%

*Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables 1 and 2 for reconciliation to GAAP 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 additional insight into financial performance. In addition, management uses these and other non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted net income and adjusted operating margin, to provide a better understanding of core performance for purposes of period-to-period comparisons. For a full reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to comparable GAAP measures, please refer to the attached non-GAAP supplemental data.

Market Sector Breakout
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. Please refer to the attached supplemental information for a breakout of revenue by reportable geographic segments. Top 10 customers comprised 60% of revenue during the quarter, up five percentage points from the prior quarter.

Market Sector ($ in millions) Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, 2016
Oct. 3, 2015
Jan. 3, 2015
Networking/Communications $157 25% $179 27% $234 35%
Healthcare/Life Sciences 191 31% 183 27% 196 30%
Industrial/Commercial 173 28% 201 30% 148 22%
Defense/Security/Aerospace 96 16% 106 16% 87 13%
Total Revenue $ 617 $ 669 $ 665

Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Supplemental Information
ROIC for the fiscal first quarter of 2016 was 10.8%. The Company defines ROIC as tax-effected annualized operating profit, before special items, 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 the first fiscal quarter of 2016 was 11.0%. ROIC for the quarter less the Company’s weighted average cost of capital results in an economic return of -0.2%.

Fiscal first quarter cash cycle was 71 days. The Company delivered $21.3 million in cash from operations and used $11.8 million for capital investments during the quarter, resulting in positive free cash flow of $9.5 million.

Cash Conversion Cycle Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, 2016
Oct. 3, 2015
Jan. 3, 2015
Days in Accounts Receivable 53 53 52
Days in Inventory 88 85 82
Days in Accounts Payable (59) (60) (53)
Days in Cash Deposits (11) (12) (9)
Annualized Cash Cycle* 71 66 72

*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 First Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Where: Participants are encouraged to join the live webcast at the investor relations section of Plexus’ website,, or directly at:

Conference call at +1.800.708.4539 with passcode: 41445105
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: 41445105

About Plexus – The Product Realization Company
Plexus ( 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 Networking/Communications, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Industrial/Commercial 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; the potential effect of 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; and other risks detailed in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings (particularly in "Risk Factors" in our fiscal 2015 Form 10-K).

(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, Jan. 3,
2016 2015
Net sales $616,664 $664,690
Cost of sales 566,605 603,276
Gross profit 50,059 61,414
Selling and administrative expenses 27,028 30,940
Restructuring and impairment charges 1,507 1,691
Operating income 21,524 28,783
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (3,534) (3,777)
Interest income 932 897
Miscellaneous (1,620) 138
Income before income taxes 17,302 26,041
Income tax expense 2,854 2,962
Net income $14,448 $23,079
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.43 $0.69
Diluted $0.42 $0.67
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 33,396 33,602
Diluted 34,062 34,439

(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, Oct. 3, Jan. 3,
2016 2015 2015
Operating profit, as reported$21,524 $28,571 $28,783
Operating margin, as reported3.5% 4.3% 4.3%
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Restructuring costs*1,507 1,691
Operating profit, as adjusted$23,031 $28,571 $30,474
Operating margin, as adjusted3.7% 4.3% 4.6%
Net income, as reported$14,448 $23,865 $23,079
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Discrete tax benefit, net (351)
Restructuring costs*1,507 1,691
Net income, as adjusted$15,955 $23,514 $24,770
Diluted earnings per share, as reported$0.42 $0.70 $0.67
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Discrete tax benefit, net (0.01)
Restructuring costs0.05 0.05
Diluted earnings per share, as adjusted$0.47 $0.69 $0.72
*Summary of restructuring costs
Employee termination and severance costs$1,394 $ $144
Other exit costs113 1,547
Total restructuring costs$1,507 $ $1,691

(in thousands)
ROIC and Economic Return Calculations Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, Oct. 3, Jan. 3,
2016 2015 2015
Operating profit $21,524 $115,436 $28,783
Restructuring and impairment charges $1,507 $1,691 $1,691
Adjusted operating profit $23,031 $117,127 $30,474
x 4 x 1 x 4
Annualized operating profit 92,124 117,127 121,896
Tax rate x 12% x 11% x 10%
Tax impact 11,055 12,884 12,190
Operating profit (tax effected) 81,069 104,243 109,706
Average invested capital ÷$753,078 ÷$745,611 ÷$759,676
ROIC 10.8% 14.0% 14.4%
Weighted average cost of capital 11.0% 11.0% 11.0%
Economic return -0.2% 3.0% 3.4%

Three Months Ended
Average Invested CapitalJan. 2, Oct. 3, July 4, April 4, Jan. 3, Sept. 27,
Calculations 2016 2015 2015 2015 2015 2014
Equity$850,794 $842,272 $835,063 $808,468 $792,298 $781,133
Debt - current 2,864 3,513 4,281 4,774 4,793 4,368
Debt – non-current 259,289 259,257 259,284 260,025 260,990 262,046
Cash and cash equivalents (354,728) (357,106) (354,830) (356,296) (239,685) (346,591)
$758,219 $747,936 $743,798 $716,971 $818,396 $700,956

Free Cash Flow Calculation
The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows provided by (or used in) operations less capital expenditures. For the three months ended January 2, 2016 cash flow provided by operations was $21.3 million, less capital expenditures of $11.8 million, resulting in free cash flow of $9.5 million.

(in thousands, except per share data)
Jan. 2, Oct. 3,
2016 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$354,728 $357,106
Accounts receivable 360,220 384,680
Inventories 549,501 569,371
Deferred income taxes 10,662 10,686
Prepaid expenses and other 23,130 22,882
Total current assets 1,298,241 1,344,725
Property, plant and equipment, net 313,656 317,351
Deferred income taxes 3,584 3,635
Other 36,559 36,677
Total non-current assets 353,799 357,663
Total assets$1,652,040 $1,702,388
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations$2,864 $3,513
Accounts payable 368,030 400,710
Customer deposits 71,863 81,359
Accrued salaries and wages 35,715 49,270
Other accrued liabilities 40,030 44,446
Total current liabilities 518,502 579,298
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion 259,289 259,257
Deferred income taxes 9,664 9,664
Other liabilities 13,791 11,897
Total non-current liabilities 282,744 280,818
Total liabilities 801,246 860,116
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000 shares authorized,
50,558 and 50,554 shares issued, respectively,
and 33,276 and 33,500 shares outstanding, respectively 506 506
Additional paid-in-capital 500,888 497,488
Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 17,282 and 17,054, respectively (518,431) (509,968)
Retained earnings 875,165 860,717
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (7,334) (6,471)
Total shareholders’ equity 850,794 842,272
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$1,652,040 $1,702,388

(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
Jan. 2, Oct. 3, Jan. 3,
2016 2015 2015
Americas $305,097 $359,142 $335,262
Asia-Pacific 299,346 319,472 333,377
Europe, Middle East, and Africa 42,087 42,556 28,079
Elimination of inter-segment sales (29,866) (52,440) (32,028)
Total Revenue $616,664 $668,730 $664,690

Investor and Media Contact Susan Hanson +1.920.751.5491

Source: Plexus