Benchmark Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

TEMPE, Ariz., April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. 

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Three Months Ended



Mar 31,



Dec 31,


Mar 31,

In millions, except EPS

2020



2019


2019

Sales

$515



$508


$603

Net income (loss)

$4



$(7)


$14

Net income – non-GAAP(1)

$8



$10


$13

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$0.10



$(0.19)


$0.34

Diluted EPS – non-GAAP(1)

$0.22



$0.27


$0.33

Operating margin

1.3%



(1.8)%


2.7%

Operating margin – non-GAAP(1)

2.3%



2.6%


2.9%


(1) A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included below.

"I want to thank our extraordinary team for their hard work to deliver our results for the first quarter.  While adhering to safety and government guidelines, we were able to navigate a very difficult start to the year that began with challenges in our Suzhou, China facility early in the quarter and then migrated to our global locations in late March," said Jeff Benck, Benchmark President and CEO.

"Looking ahead, while we are not immune to the economic impacts created by COVID-19 and the associated labor and supply chain challenges, we expect continued strength in Medical, Defense, and Semi-cap sectors as compared to our other vertical markets.  We continue to play a key role in the COVID-19 fight with a number of products we design, test, and manufacture in the Medical sector that directly support efforts to battle this disease.  Our teams also continue to build essential products supporting the energy, semiconductor, security, and defense markets."

"We remain in close contact with our customers, monitoring their end markets and the ever-changing labor and supply chain conditions.  We are proactively deploying a number of prioritized cost and cash management actions to reduce expenses and conserve cash during this period of uncertainty.  We have a strong balance sheet and I have the utmost confidence in the Benchmark global team to manage through these challenging times and emerge stronger as we focus on meeting the priority needs of our customers."

Cash Conversion Cycle



Mar 31,




Dec 31,




Mar 31,




2020




2019




2019











Accounts receivable days


56




57




61


Contract asset days


28




29




23


Inventory days


65




60




51


Accounts payable days


(61)




(58)




(60)


Customer deposits


(7)




(7)




(3)


Cash Conversion Cycle days 


81




81




72


First Quarter 2020 Industry Sector Update
Revenue and percentage of sales by industry sector (in millions) was as follows.




Mar 31,




Dec 31,




Mar 31,



Higher-Value Markets


2020




2019



2019

Medical

$

118


23

%


$

103


20

%


$

103


17

%

Semi-Cap


83


16




81


16




66


11


A&D


119


23




106


21




104


17


Industrials


103


20




107


21




116


20




$

423


82

%


$

397


78

%


$

389


65

%










































Mar 31,




Dec 31,




Mar 31,



Traditional Markets


2020




2019



2019

Computing

$

36


7

%


$

45


9

%


$

124


21

%

Telecommunications


56


11




66


13




90


14




$

92


18

%


$

111


22

%


$

214


35

%


Total

$

515


100

%


$

508


100

%


$

603


100

%

Overall, higher-value market revenues during the first quarter were up 6% quarter-over-quarter and 8% year-over-year due to stronger demand despite labor and supply chain challenges related to COVID-19 which occurred late in the quarter.  Traditional market revenues were down 57% year-over-year primarily from our exit of the legacy computing contract.

Second Quarter 2020 Outlook
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictable impact on our operations due to government enacted plant shut downs and shelter in place restrictions, particularly in our Tijuana, Mexico, Penang, Malaysia, and California operations as well as supply chain impacts, we are unable to forecast with certainty the effect on Benchmark's financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2020.

First Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call to discuss the results today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The live webcast of the call and accompanying reference materials will be accessible by logging on to the Company's website at www.bench.com. A replay of the broadcast will also be available until Wednesday, May 6, 2020 on the Company's website.

About Benchmark Electronics, Inc.
Benchmark provides comprehensive solutions across the entire product life cycle; leading through its innovative technology and engineering design services; leveraging its optimized global supply chain; and delivering world-class manufacturing services in the following industries: commercial aerospace, defense, advanced computing, next generation telecommunications, complex industrials, medical, and semiconductor capital equipment. Benchmark's global operations include facilities in seven countries and its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "could", "predict" and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, often identify forward-looking statements, which are not limited to historical facts. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, the estimated financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance for second quarter 2020 results, the company's anticipated plans and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, statements, express or implied, concerning future operating results or margins, the ability to generate sales and income or cash flow, and expected revenue mix; and Benchmark's business and growth strategies. Although the company believes these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they involve risks and uncertainties relating to operations, markets and the business environment generally.  These statements also depend on the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and related risks, including government and other third-party responses to it and the consequences for the global economy, our business and the businesses of our suppliers and customers.  Events relating to or resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, including the possibility of customer demand fluctuations, supply chain constraints, or the ability to utilize our manufacturing facilities at sufficient levels to cover our fixed operating costs, may have resulting impacts on the company's business, financial condition, results of operations, and the company's ability (or inability) to execute on its plans to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materializes, or underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated. Readers are advised to consult further disclosures on these risks and uncertainties, particularly in Part 1, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and in its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon information available to the company as of the date of this document, and it assumes no obligation to update them.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management discloses non‐GAAP information to provide investors with additional information to analyze the Company's performance and underlying trends. Management uses non‐GAAP measures that exclude certain items in order to better assess operating performance and help investors compare results with our previous guidance.  This document also references "free cash flow", which the Company defines as cash flow from operations less additions to property, plant and equipment and purchased software.  The Company's non‐GAAP information is not necessarily comparable to the non‐GAAP information used by other companies.  Non‐GAAP information should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, net income or other data prepared in accordance with GAAP as a measure of the Company's profitability or liquidity.  Readers should consider the types of events and transactions for which adjustments have been made.

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries











Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Results


(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)


(UNAUDITED)























Three Months Ended





March 31,


December 31,


March 31,





2020


2019


2019









Income (loss) from operations (GAAP)

$

6,490

$

(9,281)

$

16,087


Restructuring charges and other costs


1,908


9,949


1,576


Settlement


-


(773)


-


Impairment


1,007


-


-


Customer insolvency (recovery)


-


11,036


(2,742)


Amortization of intangible assets


2,381


2,366


2,367


Non-GAAP income from operations

$

11,786

$

13,297

$

17,288











Gross Profit (GAAP)

$

43,361

$

37,313

$

50,037


Settlement


-


(773)


-


Customer insolvency (recovery)


-


967


(1,024)


Non-GAAP Gross Profit

$

43,361

$

37,507

$

49,013











Net income (loss) (GAAP)

$

3,852

$

(6,931)

$

13,773


Restructuring charges and other costs


1,908


9,949


1,576


Customer insolvency (recovery)


-


11,036


(2,742)


Amortization of intangible assets


2,381


2,366


2,367


Settlement


-


(773)


(1,836)


Impairment


1,007


-


-


Income tax adjustments(1)


(1,078)


(5,385)


206


Non-GAAP net income

$

8,070

$

10,262

$

13,344











Diluted earnings (loss) per share:









Diluted (GAAP)

$

0.10

$

(0.19)

$

0.34



Diluted (Non-GAAP)

$

0.22

$

0.27

$

0.33











Weighted-average number of shares used








 in calculating earnings (loss) per share:









Diluted (GAAP)


37,071


36,928


40,853



Diluted (Non-GAAP)


37,071


37,374


40,853



(1)

This amount represents the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments using the applicable effective tax rates.

 

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries









Consolidated Statements of Income


(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)


(UNAUDITED)







Three Months Ended





March 31,




2020


2019







Sales

$

514,964

$

602,820


Cost of sales


471,603


552,783



Gross profit


43,361


50,037


Selling, general and administrative expenses


31,575


30,007


Amortization of intangible assets


2,381


2,367


Restructuring charges and other costs


2,915


1,576



Income from operations


6,490


16,087


Interest expense


(1,702)


(1,609)


Interest income


599


1,297


Other income (expense), net


(662)


1,604



Income before income taxes


4,725


17,379


Income tax expense


873


3,606



Net income

$

3,852

$

13,773









Earnings per share:







Basic

$

0.10

$

0.34



Diluted

$

0.10

$

0.34









Weighted-average number of shares used in calculating






  earnings per share:







Basic


36,790


40,630



Diluted


37,071


40,853


For comparative purposes, certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries











Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)







March 31,



December 31,







2020



2019











Assets







Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents

$

411,786


$

363,956



Accounts receivable, net


317,862



324,424



Contract assets


159,962



161,061



Inventories


338,437



314,956



Other current assets


36,955



30,685





Total current assets


1,265,002



1,195,082


Property, plant and equipment, net


201,580



205,819


Operating lease right-of-use assets


77,033



76,859


Goodwill and other, net


279,767



282,114





Total assets

$

1,823,382


$

1,759,874











Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity







Current liabilities:








Current installments of long-term debt and finance lease obligations

$

8,868


$

8,825



Accounts payable


315,729



302,994



Accrued liabilities


134,742



147,426





Total current liabilities


459,339



459,245


Long-term debt and finance lease obligations, less current installments


231,798



138,912


Operating lease liabilities


67,009



67,898


Other long-term liabilities


75,614



78,987


Shareholders' equity


989,622



1,014,832





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,823,382


$

1,759,874

 

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries











Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(UNAUDITED)

















Three Months Ended







March 31,







2020



2019











Cash flows from operating activities:







Net income

$

3,852


$

13,773


Depreciation and amortization


12,192



12,172


Stock-based compensation expense


2,739



2,772


Accounts receivable, net


6,414



64,176


Contract assets


1,099



(16,943)


Inventories


(23,769)



(5,862)


Accounts payable


14,882



(45,914)


Other changes in working capital and other, net


(20,518)



(7,760)



Net cash (used in) provided by operations


(3,109)



16,414








Cash flows from investing activities:







Additions to property, plant and equipment and software


(12,896)



(10,074)


Other investing activities, net


1,405



(97)



Net cash used in investing activities


(11,491)



(10,171)











Cash flows from financing activities:







Share repurchases


(19,329)



(61,080)


Net debt activity


92,813



(274)


Other financing activities, net


(6,946)



(7,160)



Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


66,538



(68,514)











Effect of exchange rate changes


(4,108)



(515)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


47,830



(62,786)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


363,956



458,102


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

411,786


$

395,316











 

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