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

NEENAH, Wis., Jan. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plexus (NASDAQ: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 margin4.7% 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 Return6.7%
(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 ComparisonThree Months Ended
Dec 30, 2017 Sept 30, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
(in thousands, except EPS)Q1F18 Q4F17 Q1F17
Revenue$677,294 $669,852 $635,019
Gross profit63,523 66,514 64,356
Operating income31,557 33,965 33,903
Net (loss) income(98,493) 29,009 28,179
Diluted (loss) earnings per share$(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 margin9.4% 9.9% 10.1%
Operating margin4.7% 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-Pacific346 334 310
Europe, Middle East, and Africa64 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$23735% $23335% $21133%
Industrial/Commercial20730% 18928% 20632%
Communications13320% 14021% 13121%
Aerospace/Defense10015% 10816% 8714%
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 DaysThree Months Ended
Dec 30, 2017 Sept 30, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Q1F18 Q4F17 Q1F17
Days in Accounts Receivable45 50 49
Days in Inventory100 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,, 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

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,

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).

(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
Dec 30, Dec 31,
2017 2016
Net sales$677,294 $635,019
Cost of sales613,771 570,663
Gross profit63,523
Selling and administrative expenses31,966 30,453
Operating income31,557
Other income (expense):
Interest expense(3,725) (3,274)
Interest income1,555 1,071
Miscellaneous(346) (674)
Income before income taxes29,041
Income tax expense127,534 2,847
Net (loss) income$(98,493) $28,179
Net (loss) earnings per share:
Basic$(2.93) $0.84
Diluted$(2.93) $0.82
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Diluted33,567 34,544

(in thousands, except per share data)
Dec 30, Sept 30,
2017 2017
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$506,694 $568,860
Restricted cash8,157 394
Accounts receivable334,776 365,513
Inventories669,894 654,642
Prepaid expenses and other31,362 28,046
Total current assets1,550,883
Property, plant and equipment, net318,358 314,665
Deferred income taxes5,302 5,292
Other41,664 38,770
Total non-current assets365,324
Total assets$1,916,207 $1,976,182
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations$179,881 $286,934
Accounts payable420,984 413,999
Customer deposits102,823 107,837
Accrued salaries and wages52,483 49,376
Other accrued liabilities61,006 49,445
Total current liabilities817,177
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion26,047 26,173
Accrued income taxes payable99,897
Deferred income taxes21,906
Other Liabilities17,331 16,479
Total non-current liabilities165,181
Total liabilities982,358
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, respectively522 519
Additional paid-in-capital567,562 555,297
Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 18,624 and 18,470, respectively(583,651) (574,104)
Retained earnings950,713 1,049,206
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(1,297) (4,979)
Total shareholders’ equity933,849
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$1,916,207 $1,976,182

(in thousands, except per share data)
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 $28,179
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as reported33,567 34,482 34,544
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as adjusted (2)34,630 34,482 34,544
Diluted (loss) earnings per share, as reported$(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.

(in thousands)
ROIC and Economic Return CalculationsThree 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
x4 x4
Adjusted annualized operating income $126,228 $129,908 $135,612
Adjusted effective tax ratex10% x8% x8%
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 CapitalDec 30, Sept 30, Jul 1, Apr 1, Dec 31, Oct 1,
Equity$933,849 $1,025,939 $991,306 $961,438 $927,542 $916,797
Debt - current179,881 286,934 267,297 92,623 78,879 78,507
Debt - long-term26,047 26,173 26,138 185,638 184,136 184,002
Cash and cash equivalents(506,694) (568,860) (519,172) (524,520) (496,505) (432,964)
$633,083 $770,186

Source: Plexus