Earnings Disclosure

Q2 Fiscal 2013 Plexus Earnings Webcast and Conference Call

Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:30 a.m. CT  

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Plexus Corp. Reports Second Quarter Results

 
April 17, 2013
  
  • Fiscal second quarter revenue of $558 million, EPS of $0.52 

  • Initiates Q3 fiscal 2013 revenue guidance of $550 - $580 million 

NEENAH, WI - April 17, 2013 - Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ: PLXS), today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 30, 2013.

Three Months Ended
March 30, 2013 December 29, 2012 March 31, 2012
(US$ in thousands, except EPS) Q2 F13 Q1 F13 Q2 F12
       
Revenue $557,824 $530,532 $573,470
Gross profit $52,021 $51,162 $54,624
Operating profit $23,188 $21,484 $25,768
Net income $17,975 $16,616 $19,958
Diluted earnings per share $0.52 $0.47 $0.56
Gross margin 9.3% 9.6% 9.5%
Operating margin 4.2% 4.1% 4.5%
Return on invested capital 12.7% 12.6% 14.4%

Q2 Fiscal 2013 Results (quarter ended March 30, 2013)

  • Revenue: $558 million, relative to our guidance of $550 to $580 million 

  • Diluted EPS: $0.52, including $0.08 per share of stock-based compensation expense, relative to our guidance of $0.50 to $0.55 

  • Return on invested capital (ROIC): 12.7% 

Q3 Fiscal 2013 Guidance       

  • Revenue: $550 to $580 million 

  • Diluted EPS: $0.55 to $0.62, excluding any restructuring charges and including approximately $0.08 per share of stock-based compensation expense 

Dean Foate, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, "Fiscal second quarter revenues were up 5% sequentially to $558 million, with diluted EPS of $0.52.  Revenue performance in our Networking/Communications sector was meaningfully below our expectations as several customers struggled with end-market demand. While we experienced forecast volatility in other sectors, the end results for the quarter were relatively in line with our guidance.  The previously disclosed disengagement of Juniper Networks remains on track, with production expected to cease as of the end of our fiscal third quarter of 2013."

Mr. Foate continued, "During the quarter, we won 33 new programs in our Manufacturing Solutions group; we anticipate these wins will generate approximately $143 million in annualized revenue, when fully ramped into production.  While these results were below our strong performance in recent quarters, our funnel of qualified business opportunities improved about 10% during the quarter to $2.4 billion."  

Ginger Jones, Senior Vice President and CFO, commented, "Gross margin was 9.3% for the fiscal second quarter, at the top of our expected range due primarily to positive customer mix.  Selling and administrative expenses were lower than our expectations at $28.8 million, the result of continuing cost management initiatives.  As a result, operating margin was 4.2%, slightly above our expectations."  

Ms. Jones continued, "During the fiscal second quarter we purchased $15.5 million of our shares at an average price of $25.17 per share under the $50 million stock repurchase program approved on October 23, 2012.  Fiscal year to date we have purchased $21.5 million of our shares under this program at an average price of $24.56 per share.   We expect to complete this repurchase program relatively consistently over the balance of fiscal 2013.  This program reflects our desire to return cash to shareholders in a disciplined way and our commitment to total shareholder return."

Ms. Jones concluded, "Fiscal second quarter cash cycle days, including customer deposits, were 64 days and better than our expectations.  Days in receivables were five days higher than the prior quarter and were offset by a decrease of five days in inventory compared to the prior quarter.  Accounts payable days stayed flat as compared to the prior quarter, while customer deposits increased by ten days related to a customer disengagement deposit from Juniper Networks.  We generated $27 million of free cash flow during the quarter."  

Mr. Foate concluded, "We are establishing fiscal third quarter 2013 revenue guidance of $550 to $580 million.  At that level of revenue we anticipate diluted EPS of $0.55 to $0.62, excluding any restructuring charges and including approximately $0.08 per share of stock-based compensation expense.  The midpoint of this guidance range suggests that our fiscal third quarter revenue would be up slightly compared to our fiscal second quarter.  We currently anticipate $1.0 to $1.5 million of restructuring charges in our fiscal third quarter, primarily for severance related to the disengagement of Juniper Networks."

Plexus provides non-GAAP supplemental information such as return on invested capital ("ROIC"), free cash flow and earnings excluding restructuring charges.  ROIC is used for internal management assessments because it provides additional insight into ongoing financial performance.  In addition, we provide non-GAAP measures because we believe they offer insight into the metrics that are driving management decisions as well as management's performance under the tests that it sets for itself.  Earnings excluding restructuring charges is provided to facilitate meaningful period to period comparisons of underlying performance by eliminating infrequent or unusual charges. Please refer to the attached reconciliations of 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 focus on its global business and market development sector strategy.  

Market Sector ($ in millions) Q2 F13     Q1 F13     Q2 F12
Networking/Communications $213 38% $199 37% $210 37%
Healthcare/Life Sciences $129 23% $133 25% $114 20%
Industrial/Commercial $140 25% $131 25% $189 33%
Defense/Security/Aerospace $76 14% $68 13% $60 10%
Total Revenue $558 $531 $573

Fiscal Q2 Supplemental Information

  • ROIC for the fiscal second quarter was 12.7%.  The Company defines ROIC as tax-effected annualized operating income divided by average invested capital over a rolling three-quarter period for the second quarter and a rolling two-quarter period for the first quarter.  Invested capital is defined as equity plus debt, less cash and cash equivalents. 

  • Cash flow provided by operations was approximately $54 million for the quarter.  Capital expenditures for the quarter were $27 million.  Free cash flow was positive for the quarter, at approximately $27 million.  The Company defines free cash flow as cash flow provided by (or used in) operations less capital expenditures.   

  • Top 10 customers comprised 57% of revenue during the quarter, up 1 percentage point from the previous quarter. 

  • Cash Conversion Cycle: 

Cash Conversion Cycle Q2 F13 Q1 F13    Q2 F12
Days in Accounts Receivable 55 50 47
Days in Inventory 87 92 87
Days in Accounts Payable (61) (61) (62)
Days in Cash Deposits (17) (7) (6)
Annualized Cash Cycle 64 74 66

Conference Call/Webcast and Replay Information:

What: Plexus Corp.'s Fiscal Q2 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
When: Thursday, April 18th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Where: The webcast is accompanied by reference materials that can be found at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=106655&p=irol-news&nyo=0.  The live webcast may also be accessed at: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/4u8h9z5d.  

Participants may also listen to the call by calling 1-800-264-7882 with confirmation: 3449452.  
Replay: The call will be archived until May 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=106655&p=quarterlyEarnings or via telephone replay at 1-888-843-7419 or 1-630- 652-3042 with Passcode: 3449 4452#

For further information, please contact:

Ginger Jones, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer
1-920-751-5487 or ginger.jones@plexus.com

About Plexus Corp. - 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 Networking/Communications, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Industrial/Commercial and Defense/Security/Aerospace market sectors.

Safe Harbor and Fair Disclosure Statement

The statements contained in this release which 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 poor visibility of future orders, particularly in view of current economic conditions; the effects on Plexus of Juniper Network, Inc.'s intended disengagement; the adequacy of restructuring and similar charges as compared to actual expenses; 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 or programs, 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; our ability to manage successfully a complex business model characterized by high customer and product mix, low volumes and demanding quality, regulatory, and other requirements; 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; 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 and the continuing instability of the global financial markets and banking system, including the potential inability of our customers or suppliers to access credit facilities; the effect of changes in the pricing and margins of products; the effect of start-up costs of new programs and facilities, such as our announced plans to replace facilities in Romania and the United States, and other recent, planned and potential future expansions; increasing regulatory and compliance requirements; possible unexpected costs and operating disruption in transitioning programs; raw materials and component cost fluctuations; the potential effect of fluctuations in the value of the currencies in which we transact business; the potential effects of regional results on our taxes and ability to use deferred tax assets; the potential effect of world or local events or other events outside our control (such as drug cartel-related violence in Mexico, instability in the Korean peninsula, changes in oil prices, terrorism and weather events); the impact of increased competition; and other risks detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings (particularly in Part I, Item 1A of our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012).  

 PLEXUS CORP.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
  March 30, March 31,   March 30, March 31,
2013     2012 2013 2012
Net sales $557,824 $573,470 $1,088,356 $1,103,124
Cost of sales 505,803 518,846 985,173 996,848
  Gross profit 52,021 54,624 103,183 106,276
Operating expenses:
   Selling and administrative expenses 28,833 28,856 58,511 56,746
        Operating income 23,188 25,768 44,672 49,530
Other income (expense):
  Interest expense (3,640) (4,020) (7,360) (8,080)
  Interest income 383 415 780 898
  Miscellaneous - 228 (475) (317)
   Income before income taxes 19,931 22,391 37,617 42,031
Income tax expense 1,956 2,433 3,026 4,203
Net income $17,975 $19,958 $34,591 $37,828
Earnings per share:
   Basic $0.52 $0.57 $1.01 $1.09
   Diluted $0.52 $0.56 $1.00 $1.07
Weighted average shares outstanding:
   Basic 34,286 34,874 34,253 34,737
   Diluted 34,694 35,658 34,673 35,431
 

PLEXUS CORP.
NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
 (in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
ROIC Calculation Six Months Ended Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
March 30,
2013
    December 29,
2012
    March 31,
2012
Operating income $44,672 $21,484 $49,530
x 2 x 4 x 2
Annualized operating income 89,344 85,936 99,060
Tax rate x 8% x 6% x 10%
Tax impact 7,148 5,156 9,906
Operating income (tax effected) $82,196 $80,780 $89,154
Average invested capital $645,402 $640,992 $619,311
ROIC 12.7% 12.6% 14.4%
 

March 30,
2013
    December 29,
2012
    September 29,
2012
Equity $669,047 $664,515 $649,022
Plus:
   Debt - current 2,893 10,310 10,211
   Debt - non-current 258,789 259,516 260,211
Less:
   Cash and cash equivalents (276,507) (274,183) (297,619)
$654,222 $660,158 $621,825
Fiscal 2013 second quarter average invested capital (March 30, 2013, December 29, 2012 and September 29, 2012) was $645,402.
Fiscal 2013 first quarter average invested capital (December 29, 2012 and September 29, 2012) was $640,992.

        March 31,
2012
    December 31,
2011
    October 1,
2011
Equity $615,296 $581,811 $558,882
Plus:
   Debt -  current 17,518 17,446 17,350
   Debt - non-current 261,542 265,941 270,292
Less:
   Cash and cash equivalents (257,754) (248,284) (242,107)
$636,602 $616,914 $604,417
Fiscal 2012 second quarter average invested capital (March 31, 2012, December 31, 2011 and October 1, 2011) was $619,311.

Free Cash Flow Calculation
The Company defines free cash flow as cash flow provided by (or used in) operations less capital expenditures.  For the three months ended March 30, 2013 cash flow provided by operations was approximately $54 million less capital expenditures of approximately $27 million, resulting in positive free cash flow of approximately $27 million.

PLEXUS CORP.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
   
March 30,  September 29,
2013 2012
ASSETS
Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents $276,507 $297,619
   Accounts receivable 335,279 323,210
   Inventories 484,327 457,691
   Deferred income taxes 2,246 2,232
   Prepaid expenses and other 22,199 15,785
    Total current assets 1,120,558 1,096,537
Property, plant and equipment, net 295,138 265,191
    Deferred income taxes 3,771 4,335
Other 41,609 42,136
    Total assets $1,461,076 $1,408,199
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
   Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations $2,893 $10,211
   Accounts payable 337,694 341,276
   Customer deposits 96,778 36,384
   Accrued liabilities:
     Salaries and wages 34,646 45,450
     Other 43,163 46,550
    Total current liabilities 515,174 479,871
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion 258,789 260,211
Other liabilities 18,066 19,095
    Total non-current liabilities 276,855 279,306
Shareholders' equity:
   Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000 shares authorized,
     48,944 and 48,851 shares issued, respectively,
     and 34,313 and 35,097 shares outstanding, respectively 489 489
   Additional paid-in-capital 441,208 435,546
   Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 14,631 and 13,754, respectively (421,651) (400,110)
   Retained earnings 631,504 596,913
   Accumulated other comprehensive income 17,497 16,184
   Total shareholders' equity 669,047 649,022
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,461,076 $1,408,199

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Plexus Corp. Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Earnings Date Set

March 21, 2013

NEENAH, WI - March 21, 2013 - Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ: PLXS), today announced it will release its fiscal 2013 second quarter results for the period ended March 30, 2013 on Wednesday, April 17after the stock market closes.  Senior management will host a live webcast on Thursday, April 18at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.   Management is introducing the use of reference materials with this webcast, and encourages investors to access the webcast at http://www.plexus.com.

What:              Plexus Corp.'s Fiscal Q2 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
   
When:             Thursday, April 18th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
   
Where:           We encourage participants to access the live webcast on the company's website at www.plexus.com by clicking "Investor Relations/Event Calendar" located on the top of the page.  Or you can access it at: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/4u8h9z5d

Those without internet access can listen to the call at 1-800-264-7882 with confirmation: 3449452. 
   
Replay: The call will be archived until May 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=106655&p=quarterlyEarnings or via telephone replay at 1-888-843-7419 or (630) 652-3042 with Passcode: 3449 4452#
   
Contact:          Kristie Johnson, 920-725-7224, kristie.johnson@plexus.com

About Plexus Corp. - 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 Networking/Communications, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Industrial/Commercial and Defense/Security/Aerospace market sectors.

For further information, please contact:
Ginger Jones, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer
920-751-5487 or ginger.jones@plexus.com

 

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