EXHIBIT 99.1

SMTC Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

TORONTO, Nov. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, today announced third quarter 2017 results.


Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results Summary:

  • Revenue of $34.4 million
  • Gross Profit of $3.0 million
  • Net loss of $(0.6) million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.1 million
  • Debt, net of cash of $11.8 million

Revenue for the third quarter was $34.4 million compared to $42.7 million in the third quarter of 2016. Sequentially, revenue increased 4.2% from $33.0 million in the second quarter of 2017. The increase from the prior quarter is primarily due to revenue from new and existing customers serviced and our embedded business.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 was $3.0 million or 8.6% of revenue compared with $3.6 million or 8.5% of revenue for the same period in 2016.  Adjusted gross profit was $3.1 million or 9.0% as a percentage of revenue in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 8.5% in the same period of the prior year.  The decrease in gross profit dollars was due to the decrease in revenue compared to the same period in prior year, however, the increase in gross profit percentage was due to improved product mix, a lower fixed cost structure as a result of our restructuring plan, and more favorable exchange rates.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 increased by $1.6 million to $3.0 million when compared with $1.4 million or 4.3% of revenue in the prior quarter.  Adjusted gross profit was $3.1 million or 9.0% as a percentage of revenue in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 3.4% in the prior quarter. The increase in adjusted gross profit in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the prior quarter is due to higher revenues, a lower cost structure as a result of the restructuring plan and additional charges recorded in the second quarter of 2017.

Net loss was $(0.6) million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to a net loss of $(0.02) million in the third quarter of 2016 and a net loss of $(6.0) million in the second quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $1.3 million for the same period in the prior year. The reduction in the third quarter of 2017 is due to the lower revenue compared to the same quarter in the prior year, however, adjusted EBITDA increased when compared to $(3.6) million in the second quarter of 2017 partially due to the improved gross profit discussed above and additional charges included in the second quarter of 2017.

Chief Financial Officer Roger Dunfield stated “I am encouraged by the revenue growth from the second quarter of 2017 and a return to positive Adjusted EBITDA when compared to the two prior quarters.  We now have benefited from a full quarter of cost savings as a result of the global restructuring plan, which has contributed to our positive Adjusted EBITIDA. We will continue our relentless focus on incremental improvements quarter over quarter.”

Chief Executive Officer Edward Smith stated “We have started to realize the results of our initiatives communicated previously in our Plan.  We have shown incremental revenue growth quarter over quarter as a result of new opportunities with both existing customers and some great new customers we are partnering with.  We are optimistic that we will continue our positive revenue and financial momentum for the fourth quarter.”

Non-GAAP information

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Profit percentage are non-GAAP measures.  Adjusted EBITDA is computed as net income (loss) from operations excluding depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, unrealized foreign exchange gains/losses on unsettled forward foreign exchange contracts, stock based compensation, 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.  Adjusted Gross Profit is computed as gross profit excluding unrealized gains or losses on unsettled forward foreign exchange contracts.  Adjusted Gross Profit percentage is computed as Adjusted Gross Profit divided by revenue.  A reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Profit to gross profit is included in the attachment. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures 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 these non-GAAP financial measures are useful for management and investors in assessing SMTC’s performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods.  SMTC believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because it allows for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics we use in making operating decisions and because investors and analysts use it to help assess the health of our business.  Non-GAAP measures are subject to limitations as these measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Because of these limitations, investors should consider Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Profit percentage along with other financial performance measures, including revenue, gross profit and net income (loss), as reflected in SMTC’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with US 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 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 risks and uncertainties discussed in SMTC's most recent filings with the SEC. 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 manufacturing facilities span a broad footprint in the United States, China and Mexico. 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, networking and computing, power and energy and medical market segments. 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.  

 

         
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)        
(Unaudited)                    
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
                     
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except number of shares and per share amounts) October 1,
2017
  July 2,
2017
  October 2,
2016
  October 1,
2017
  October 2,
2016
                     
Revenue   $ 34,417     $ 32,995     $ 42,683     $ 100,590     $ 128,218  
Cost of sales     31,443       31,575       39,049       92,639       116,615  
Gross profit     2,974       1,420       3,634       7,951       11,603  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     2,952       4,110       3,493       10,824       10,406  
Impairment of property,plant and equipment     -       1,601       -       1,601       -  
Gain on sale of property,plant and equipment     (60 )     -       (20 )     (60 )     (25 )
Restructuring charges     326       1,351       -       1,677       176  
Operating earnings (loss)     (244 )     (5,642 )     161       (6,091 )     1,046  
Interest expense     229       217       164       625       598  
Earnings (loss) before income taxes     (473 )     (5,859 )     (3 )     (6,716 )     448  
Income tax expense (recovery)                    
Current     173       168       97       468       200  
Deferred     (95 )     (14 )     (81 )     (243 )     (96 )
      78       154       16       225       104  
Net earnings (loss), also being comprehensive income (loss) $ (551 )   $ (6,013 )   $ (19 )   $ (6,941 )   $ 344  
                     
Basic earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.36 )   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.41 )   $ 0.02  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.36 )   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.41 )   $ 0.02  
                     
Weighted average number of shares outstanding                    
Basic     16,824,538       16,807,333       16,510,180       16,764,257       16,502,081  
Diluted     16,824,538       16,807,333       16,510,180       16,764,257       17,550,155  
                     

 

           
Consolidated Balance Sheets          
(Unaudited)          
           
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)     October 1,
2017
  January 1,
2017
Assets          
           
Current assets:          
Cash     $ 2,935     $ 8,503  
Accounts receivable - net       23,165       22,624  
Inventories       21,217       20,674  
Prepaid expenses and other assets       1,689       2,453  
Derivative assets       182       -  
Income taxes receivable       17       17  
        49,205       54,271  
Property, plant and equipment - net       10,962       14,437  
Deferred financing costs - net       102       70  
Deferred income taxes - net       469       226  
      $ 60,738     $ 69,004  
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
           
Current liabilities:          
Revolving credit facility     $ 5,909     $ 2,731  
Accounts payable       20,344       23,078  
Accrued liabilities       5,814       4,604  
Derivative liabilities       -       1,256  
Income taxes payable       46       190  
Current portion of long-term debt       2,000       2,000  
Current portion of capital lease obligations       171       389  
        34,284       34,248  
Long-term debt       6,500       8,000  
Capital lease obligations       135       269  
           
Shareholders’ equity:          
Capital stock       394       391  
Additional paid-in capital       265,198       264,928  
Deficit       (245,773 )     (238,832 )
        19,819       26,487  
      $ 60,738     $ 69,004  
           

 

                 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows                 
(Unaudited)                
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)                
Cash provided by (used in):   October 1,
2017
  October 2,
2016
  October 1,
2017
  October 2,
2016
Operations:                
Net earnings (loss)   $ (551 )   $ (19 )   $ (6,941 )   $ 344  
Items not involving cash:                
Depreciation     839       1,045       2,789       3,066  
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) on unsettled forward                
exchange contracts     118       4       (1,438 )     (995 )
Impairment of property, plant and equipment     -       -       1,601       -  
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment     (60 )     (20 )     (60 )     (25 )
Deferred income taxes (recovery)     (95 )     (81 )     (243 )     (96 )
Amortization of deferred financing fees     8       9       19       26  
Stock-based compensation     77       119       273       343  
Change in non-cash operating working capital:                
Accounts receivable     (1,625 )     2,834       (541 )     6,220  
Inventories     3,878       1,761       (543 )     2,886  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     328       (46 )     764       40  
Income taxes payable     7       71       (144 )     20  
Accounts payable     (4,268 )     (941 )     (2,581 )     (5,244 )
Accrued liabilities     358       344       1,179       (742 )
      (986 )     5,080       (5,866 )     5,843  
Financing:                
Net (repayment) advances of revolving credit facility     421       (932 )     3,178       (2,681 )
Repayment of long-term debt     (500 )     -       (1,500 )     (500 )
Principal payment of capital lease obligations     (44 )     (177 )     (352 )     (429 )
Proceeds from sales leaseback     -       -       -       509  
Deferred financing costs     -       -       (51 )     -  
      (123 )     (1,109 )     1,275       (3,101 )
Investing:                
Change in restricted cash     -       (6 )     -       268  
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (400 )     (501 )     (1,314 )     (1,864 )
Proceeds from leaseholding improvement     56       -       56       -  
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment     281       57       281       126  
      (63 )     (450 )     (977 )     (1,470 )
Increase (decrease)  in cash     (1,172 )     3,521       (5,568 )     1,272  
Cash, beginning of period     4,107       3,850       8,503       6,099  
Cash, end of the period   $ 2,935     $ 7,371     $ 2,935     $ 7,371  
                 

 

                     
Supplementary Information:                    
                     
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA                     
                     
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    October 1,
2017
  July 2,
2017
  October 2,
2016
  October 1,
2017
  October 2,
2016
                     
Net earnings (loss)   $ (551 )     (6,013 )   $ (19 )   $ (6,941 )   $ 344  
Add (deduct):                    
Depreciation     839       971       1,045       2,789       3,066  
Interest     229       217       164       625       598  
Income tax expense     78       154       16       225       104  
                     
EBITDA   $ 595     $ (4,671 )   $ 1,206     $ (3,302 )   $ 4,112  
                     
Add (deduct):                    
Stock compensation expense (reversal)     77       (7 )     119       273       343  
Restructuring charges     326       1,351       -       1,677       176  
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)                    
on unsettled forward exchange contracts     118       (284 )     4       (1,438 )     (995 )
                     
Adjusted EBITDA     1,116       (3,611 )     1,329       (2,790 )     3,636  
                     

 

                     
Supplementary Information:                    
                     
Reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Profit                    
                     
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    October 1,
2017
  July 2,
2017
  October 2,
2016
  October 1,
2017
  October 2,
2016
                     
Gross Profit   $ 2,974     1,420     $ 3,634     $ 7,951     $ 11,603  
Add (deduct):                    
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)                    
on unsettled forward exchange contracts     118     (284 )     4       (1,438 )     (995 )
                     
Adjusted Gross Profit     3,092     1,136       3,638       6,513       10,608  
                     
Adjusted Gross Profit Percentage     9.0 %   3.4 %     8.5 %     6.5 %     8.3 %
       


Investor Relations Information: 

Blair McInnis 

Corporate Controller  

Telephone: (289) 378.5851 

Email: blair.mcinnis@smtc.com  


The following information was filed by Smtc Corp (SMTX) on Thursday, November 2, 2017 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-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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