Avx Corporation Announces Preliminary Third Quarter Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – January 28, 2014 -- AVX Corporation (NYSE: AVX) today reported preliminary unaudited results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2013. 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Gilbertson, stated, “During the quarter, we saw increased sales and profitability compared to the same quarter last year as we continued to perform well in a challenging market.  This was not a normal holiday season quarter as many customers were concerned about end-market product flow-through and inventory management, especially in the commodity products.    We see improvement going forward as electronic content grows in existing and new applications.”

For the nine months ended December 31, 2013, net sales were $1,091.4 million and net income was $87.9 million, or $0.52 per diluted share.

Chief Financial Officer, Kurt Cummings, stated, “The Company’s financial position remains strong with cash, cash equivalents and short and long-term investments in securities of $985.1 million and no debt at December 31, 2013. We continued to use our resources to enhance shareholder value by paying $14.7 million in dividends to stockholders and spending $3.7 million to repurchase shares of AVX stock on the open market.”

AVX, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad line of passive electronic components and related products.

                                        Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended     December 31,   December 31,     2012   2013   2012   2013 Net sales $ 339,875  $ 346,211  $ 1,053,852  $ 1,091,375  Cost of sales   277,458    278,445    853,552    883,812  Gross profit   62,417    67,766    200,300    207,563  Selling, general & admin. expense   29,185    32,193    88,548    91,389  Environmental charge    -    -   266,250     - Profit (loss) from operations   33,232    35,573    (154,498)   116,174  Other income (expense)   1,395    1,625    4,809    2,869  Income (loss) before income taxes   34,627    37,198    (149,689)   119,043  Provision for (benefit from) taxes   14,763    5,764    (60,807)   31,135  Net income (loss) $ 19,864  $ 31,434  $ (88,882) $ 87,908                    Basic income (loss) per share $ 0.12  $ 0.19  $ (0.53) $ 0.52  Diluted income (loss) per share $ 0.12  $ 0.19  $ (0.53) $ 0.52                    Weighted average common                 shares outstanding:                 Basic   168,978    168,428    169,241    168,554  Diluted   168,994    168,700    169,241    168,734 

During the quarter ending June 30, 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $266,250, or $0.98 per diluted share on an after-tax basis, related to the EPA’s ongoing clean-up of  New Bedford Harbor in Massachusetts.  Net income, excluding the environmental charge, was $77,524, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the nine months ended December 31, 2012.  See the GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation below for more information.

                                                  Three Months EndedDecember 31,   Nine Months EndedDecember 31,   2012   2013   2012   2013 Including special charge  (GAAP)                       Net sales $ 339,880    $ 346,211    $ 1,053,852    $ 1,091,375  Net income (loss) $ 19,869    $ 31,434    $ (88,882)   $ 87,908  Basic income (loss) per share $ 0.12    $ 0.19    $ (0.53)   $ 0.52  Diluted income (loss) per share $ 0.12    $ 0.19    $ (0.53)   $ 0.52                          Excluding special charge  (Non-GAAP)                       Special charge (after-tax)                       Environmental charge $  -   $  -   $ 166,406    $  - Net income $ 19,869    $ 31,434    $ 77,524    $ 87,908  Basic income per share $ 0.12    $ 0.19    $ 0.46    $ 0.52  Diluted income per share $ 0.12    $ 0.19    $ 0.46    $ 0.52 

In order to better understand the Company’s short-term and long-term financial trends, investors may find it helpful to consider results excluding the environmental charge described herein. The resulting non-GAAP financial measure provides additional information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of the Company’s ongoing operations and may be of assistance for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. Management considers the exclusion of such charges as part of its evaluation of the operating performance of the Company. Investors should consider the non-GAAP measure as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measure may not be similar to non-GAAP information presented by other companies.  Detail of the Company’s non-GAAP measure is provided in the table above.

                            March 31,     December 31,     2013     2013 Assets           Cash and cash equivalents $ 486,724    $ 463,429  Short-term investments in securities   560,364      451,749  Accounts receivable, net   202,031      187,484  Inventories   559,074      574,967  Other current assets   137,340      154,709  Total current assets   1,945,533      1,832,338  Long-term investments in securities   15,576      69,959  Property, plant and equipment, net   258,264      240,858  Goodwill and other intangibles   273,204      282,414  Other assets   109,418      64,177              TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,601,995    $ 2,489,746              Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity           Accounts payable $ 115,187    $ 102,128  Income taxes payable and accrued expenses   215,690      194,406  Total current liabilities   330,877      296,534  Other liabilities   298,188      174,537              TOTAL LIABILITIES   629,065      471,071              TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   1,972,930      2,018,675              TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 2,601,995    $ 2,489,746 

On October 10, 2012, the EPA, the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and AVX announced that they had reached a settlement with respect to the EPA’s ongoing clean-up of the New Bedford Harbor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Under the terms of the settlement, AVX was obligated to pay $366,250, plus interest computed from August 1, 2012, in three installments over a two-year period for use by the EPA and the Commonwealth to complete the clean-up of the harbor.    The United States District Court approved the settlement and entered the Supplemental Consent Decree on September 19, 2013.  On October 18, 2013, the Company paid the initial settlement installment of $133,350, plus accrued interest on the entire settlement amount through that date.

expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.  Forward-looking statements reflect management's expectations and are inherently uncertain.  The forward-looking information and statements in this Press Release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the information or statements herein.  Forward-looking statements should be read in context with, and with the understanding of, the various other disclosures concerning the Company and its business made elsewhere in this Press Release as well as other public reports filed by the Company with the SEC.  You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results or developments.

Any forward-looking statements by the Company are intended to speak as of the date thereof. We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this Press Release to reflect new events or circumstances unless and to the extent required by applicable law.  All forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and, to the extent it may be applicable by way of incorporation of statements contained in this Press Release by reference or otherwise, Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, each of which establishes a safe-harbor from private actions for forward-looking statements as defined in those statutes.

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see this filing in its entirety, click here. AVX Corporation next reports earnings on January 28, 2014.

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