AVX Corporation Announces Preliminary Third Quarter Results
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – January 23, 2020 -- AVX Corporation (NYSE: AVX) today reported preliminary unaudited results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2019.
Chief Executive Officer and President, John Sarvis, stated, “We completed the third quarter of our fiscal year with net sales of $344.4 million, down 8.7% compared to the previous quarter and down 22.2% from the same quarter last year reflecting extended inventory levels in the supply chain for commodity products and continuing weakness in the global market for electronic components. Our global distribution channel activity declined again this quarter as inventories remained extended. Overall orders in the industry improved this quarter with a positive book to bill, reflecting some improvement in channel inventories. Our gross profit of $77.8 million, or 22.6%, reflects solid operating performance in tighter market conditions. The economic environment remains suppressed, and uncertainties with respect to international relations and trade regulations, particularly in China, continue to put pressure on the global economy. However, we continue to be optimistic that the evolution of new electronic devices and content will create strong demand for our components and interconnect, sensing and control devices and provide growth opportunities in the long-term.”
For the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2019, net sales were $344.4 million and $1,123.5 million, respectively, compared to $442.4 million and $1,352.8 million, respectively, for the same period last year. The decrease in net sales for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2019 are reflective of weaker global market conditions, leading to higher inventory levels in the sales channel and reduced overall demand. Additionally, the reduced sales volume can be attributed to a decline in automotive manufacturing in all regions. Inventory levels in the distribution channel have begun to decline in all regions, but still remain inflated. Market demand for certain advanced products remained strong, particularly in the aerospace, defense, and medical markets.
Operating profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $35.9 million compared to $89.6 million for the same period last year. Operating profit for the nine month period ended December 31, 2019 was $132.0 million compared to $243.2 million for the same period last year. The overall decrease in dollars is primarily the result of lower sales driven by the weaker global market conditions when compared to the same periods last year. Profit margin as a percentage of sales declined due to a lower margin mix and pricing pressure on some of our commercial ceramic and tantalum components as compared to the prior periods.
Other income, net for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $11.6 million compared to $1.0 million for the same period last year. Other income, net for the nine month period ended December 31, 2019 was $19.7 million compared to $7.1 million for the same period last year. The overall increase is primarily attributable to the receipt of payments for insurance claims related to two previously identified product warranty issues, approximating $8.0 million.
Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $47.9 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, compared to net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 of $74.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.
Net income for the nine month period ended December 31, 2019 was $136.0 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared to net income of $202.3 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, for the nine month period ended December 31, 2018.
Chief Financial Officer, Michael Hufnagel, stated, “Our financial position remains strong with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments in securities of approximately $753.0 million and no debt as of December 31, 2019. We continued to use our resources to provide value to our stockholders during the quarter by paying $19.4 million in dividends to stockholders. Our financial position remains strong and allows flexibility for investments in acquisitions, materials, equipment and people to support the long-term growth of the Company.”
AVX, headquartered in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad line of passive electronic components and related products.
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