SMTC Reports Fourth Quarter and 2013 Results

  • Reports fourth quarter results of $67.4 million in revenue, ($2.2) million in adjusted EBITDA and a net loss of $(7.7) million and $(0.47) in EPS.
  • Reports that the fourth quarter gross profit was negatively affected by the previously announced inventory adjustment of $3.2 million and an additional provision against inventory and accounts receivable of $0.1 and $0.2 million respectively relating to a legacy customer. Excluding these and other minor expenses, adjusted fourth quarter EBITDA was $1.3 million.
  • Reports full year 2013 results of $270.7 million in revenue, $0.8 million in adjusted EBITDA and a net loss of $(11.9) million and $(0.73) in EPS.
  • The full year gross profit was $15.4 million and was negatively affected by $4.7 million in inventory adjustments, $1.0 million in unrealized foreign exchange loss on derivatives and a $1.0 million negative gross margin from the Markham manufacturing facility (closed in 2013). Excluding the above items gross profit was $22.1 million or 8.2% of revenue.
  • Reports a $6.8 million reduction of debt in the fourth quarter compared to the prior quarter mainly due to an $8.8 million reduction in accounts receivable and a $12.2 million reduction in inventories creating positive quarterly cash flow from operations.
  • Recorded a $4 million reduction in the deferred tax asset due to the uncertainty of the ability to recognize the asset.
  • Obtained waivers from lender relating to violations of covenants in credit agreement and amendments to certain covenants going forward.
  • Completes investigation into previously reported inventory overstatement at Mexican subsidiary. Determines not to restate prior period financial statements as required adjustment cannot be specifically allocated to prior periods.

TORONTO, April 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX) ("SMTC"), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, today announced fourth quarter 2013 unaudited results and 2013 results.

Revenue for the year was $270.7 million, an 8.6% decrease sequentially from 2012. The decrease was mainly due to decreased volumes with three long standing customers in addition to two customer disengagements as a result of the Markham production facility closure at the end of the second quarter. Gross margin was 5.7%, however when removing the effects of the inventory adjustment, unrealized foreign exchange on derivatives and the negative gross margin from the closed Markham manufacturing facility, gross margin was 8.2%. When removing the above noted items in addition to $1.1 million of charges incurred during the year related to lease exit costs, executive severance and CEO recruitment fees, the Adjusted EBITDA was $7.6 million.

Revenue for the fourth quarter was $67.4 million, a 7.5% decrease sequentially from the third quarter. The decrease was mainly due to a reduction in revenue from one customer. Gross margin was 2.0%; however when removing the effects of the inventory adjustments the gross margin was 7.3%. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.3 million when removing the above items.

Debt was reduced by $6.8 million compared to the prior quarter mainly due to an $8.8 million reduction in accounts receivable and a $12.2 million reduction in inventories creating positive quarterly cash flow from operations.

Executive Chairman Clarke Bailey stated, "2013 was a year of transition with the goal of rectifying the legacy issues that existed and positioning the company for growth and improved profitability. A very important step in that direction was the hiring of Sushil Dhiman as Chief Executive Officer. Sushil joins SMTC with extensive experience and a successful career in the EMS industry. We are cautiously optimistic that the major issues are behind SMTC and that the foundation is now in place for a bright future under the leadership of Sushil."

Chief Executive Officer Sushil Dhiman stated, "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead SMTC and return the company to growth and improved profitability. We have a strong customer base, dedicated executive team and talented workforce. I am encouraged by the early results of the many changes that have been implemented, particularly in our Mexican operations. I also want to thank PNC, our lender, for their support during this important phase."

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted EBITDA is computed as net income from continuing operations excluding depreciation, restructuring charges, unrealized foreign exchange gains/losses on derivative financial instruments, interest and income tax expense. SMTC Corporation has provided in this release a non-GAAP calculation of adjusted EBITDA as supplemental information regarding the operational performance of SMTC's core business. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net earnings (loss) is included in the attachment. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure internally in analyzing SMTC's financial results to assess operational performance and liquidity as well as to provide a consistent method of comparison to historical periods and to the performance of competitors and peer group companies. SMTC believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to this non-GAAP financial measure in assessing SMTC's performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. SMTC believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it allows for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics we use in making operating decisions and because our investors and analysts use it to help assess the health of our business. Non-GAAP measures are subject to material limitations as these measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Because of these limitations, investors should consider adjusted EBITDA along with other financial performance measures, including revenue, net income and SMTC's financial results presented in accordance with GAAP.

Note for Investors: The statements contained in this release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements which involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by their use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expect," "may," "should," "would," "will," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates" and similar words, and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expectations, intentions or strategies of SMTC. For these statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ from forward looking statements include the challenges of managing quickly expanding operations and integrating acquired companies, fluctuations in demand for customers' products and changes in customers' product sources, competition in the EMS industry, component shortages, and others discussed in SMTC's most recent filings with securities regulators in the United States. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof and SMTC assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

About SMTC Corporation: SMTC Corporation, founded in 1985, is a mid-size provider of end-to-end electronics manufacturing services (EMS) including PCBA production, systems integration and comprehensive testing services, enclosure fabrication, as well as product design, sustaining engineering and supply chain management services. SMTC facilities span a broad footprint in the United States, Mexico, and China, with more than 1,800 employees. SMTC services extend over the entire electronic product life cycle from the development and introduction of new products through to the growth, maturity and end-of-life phases. SMTC offers fully integrated contract manufacturing services with a distinctive approach to global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and emerging technology companies primarily within industrial, computing and communication market segments. SMTC was recognized in 2012 by Frost & Sullivan with the Global EMS Award for Product Quality Leadership and 2013 with the North American Growth Leadership Award in the EMS industry, as one of the fastest growth companies in 2012.

SMTC is a public company incorporated in Delaware with its shares traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol SMTX. For further information on SMTC Corporation, please visit our website at www.smtc.com (http://www.smtc.com/).

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Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
  Three months ended Twelve months ended
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except number of shares and per share amounts) December 29,
December 30,
December 29,
December 30,
Revenue  $ 67,448  $ 73,156  $ 270,684  $ 296,305
Cost of sales  66,082  67,430  255,285  269,765
Gross profit  1,366  5,726  15,399  26,540
Selling, general and administrative expenses   4,588  4,726  19,190  17,325
Restructuring charges  546  1,729  1,989  2,180
Gain on Disposal Capital Assets  --  --  (101)  --
(Gain)/Loss on contingent consideration  24  --  274  (650)
Operating earnings  (3,792)  (729)  (5,953)  7,685
Interest expense  463  426  1,724  1,957
Earnings (loss) before income taxes  (4,255)  (1,155)  (7,677)  5,728
Income tax expense (recovery)        
Current  76  247  887  621
Deferred  3,347  (2,389)  3,331  (2,435)
   3,423  (2,142)  4,218  (1,814)
Net earnings, also being comprehensive income  $ (7,678)  $ 987  $ (11,895)  $ 7,542
Basic earnings per share  $ (0.47)  $ 0.06  $ (0.73)  $ 0.46
Diluted earnings per share  $ (0.47)  $ 0.06  $ (0.73)  $ 0.46
Weighted average number of shares outstanding        
Basic 16,396,764 16,333,252 16,361,865 16,294,893
Diluted 16,396,764 16,409,361 16,361,865 16,415,846
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars) December 29,
December 30,
Current assets:    
Cash  $ 3,295  $ 2,203
Accounts receivable - net  30,821  36,301
Inventories   36,776  54,806
Prepaid expenses   1,632  2,431
Income taxes receivable  472  357
Current portion of deferred income taxes  1,486  2,237
   74,482  98,335
Property, plant and equipment  18,219  19,410
Deferred financing costs  275  564
Deferred income taxes  818  3,398
   $ 93,794  $ 121,707
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 33,231  $ 48,766
Accrued liabilities  6,443  9,220
Income taxes payable  775  566
Current portion of long-term debt  20,222  17,527
Current portion of capital lease obligations  1,482  1,628
   62,153  77,707
Capital lease obligations  519  1,292
Shareholders' equity:    
Capital stock  390  389
Additional paid-in capital  263,732  263,424
Deficit  (233,000)  (221,105)
   31,122  42,708
   $ 93,794  $ 121,707
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
  Three months ended Twelve months ended
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
Cash provided by (used in): December 29,
December 30,
December 29,
December 30,
Net earnings  $ (7,678)  $ 987  $ (11,895)  $ 7,542
Items not involving cash:        
Depreciation  963  848  3,781  3,158
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative financial instrument  58  536  1,023  (590)
Gain on disposition of capital assets  --  --  (101)  --
Loss (gain) on contingent consideration  274  --  274  (650)
Deferred income taxes  3,347  (2,389)  3,331  (2,435)
Non-cash interest  103  49  389  352
Stock-based compensation  108  122  248  379
Change in non-cash operating working capital:        
Accounts receivable  8,826  5,714  5,480  1,603
Inventories  12,240  1,498  18,030  (2,158)
Prepaid expenses  (562)  71  251  (436)
Income taxes payable  237  367  94  (158)
Accounts payable  (9,221)  6,265  (15,535)  2,414
Accrued liabilities  (590)  2,489  (2,467)  904
   8,105  16,557  2,903  9,925
Increase (decrease) in revolving debt  (5,249)  (12,343)  7,326  442
Repayment of long-term debt  (1,157)  --  (4,631)  (2,162)
Principal payment of capital lease obligations  (469)  (432)  (2,236)  (1,727)
Proceeds from sale and leaseback  --  --  988  170
Proceeds from issuance of common stock   50  --  61  220
Payment of contingent consideration  (261)  (223)  (1,059)  (965)
Debt issuance and deferred financing costs  --  --  (100)  --
   (7,086)  (12,998)  349  (4,022)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment  (250)  (2,311)  (2,566)  (6,335)
Proceeds from sale of capital assets  --  --  406  --
   (250)  (2,311)  (2,160)  (6,335)
Increase in cash  769  1,248  1,092  (432)
Cash, beginning of period  2,526  955  2,203  2,635
Cash, end of the period  $ 3,295  $ 2,203  $ 3,295  $ 2,203
Supplementary Information:
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA 
  Three months ended Twelve months ended
  December 29,
December 30,
December 29,
December 30,
Net earnings (loss)  $ (7,678)  $ 987  $ (11,895)  $ 7,542
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivative instrument  58  536  1,023  (590)
Interest  463  426  1,724  1,957
Income tax expense (recovery)  3,423  (2,142)  4,218  (1,814)
Depreciation  963  848  3,781  3,158
Restructuring charges  546  1,729  1,989  2,180
Adjusted EBITDA  (2,225)  2,384  840  12,433
CONTACT: Investor Relations Information:
         Sushil Dhiman
         President and Chief Executive Officer
         Telephone: (905) 413.1190
         Email: investorrelations@smtc.com

         Public Relations Information:
         Tom Reilly
         Director of Marketing
         Telephone: (905) 413.1188
         Email: publicrelations@smtc.com

The following information was filed by Smtc Corp (SMTX) on Monday, April 14, 2014 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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