Sypris Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

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19.03.2020, 12:45  |  117   |   |   

Sypris Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq/GM: SYPR) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2019. Having completed a series of strategic initiatives over the past several years, Sypris Solutions is now better positioned to achieve long-term growth and a return to profitable operations. These steps have included reducing and realigning our cost structure while diversifying our book of business in terms of both customers and markets.

Results for 2019 fundamentally reflected these expectations, especially with respect to Sypris Technologies, with year-over-year gains in revenue and gross margin. However, our performance was impacted by lower than expected shipments for Sypris Electronics in 2019 that related primarily to ongoing shortages of electronic components and resulting labor inefficiencies during the year.

HIGHLIGHTS

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  • The Company’s fourth quarter 2019 consolidated gross margin increased 660 basis points compared to the prior year period and 200 basis points sequentially to 12.5%, while gross profit increased 92.7% compared to the prior year period and 16.4% sequentially.
  • For the full-year, consolidated gross margin increased 260 basis points from 2018 to 11.2%, while gross profit increased 30.5% from 2018.
  • Gross margin for Sypris Technologies for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased 110 basis points to 15.4% compared to the prior year quarter despite lower revenue as a result of softening commercial vehicle demand and year-end inventory rebalancing by certain customers.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2019, Sypris Technologies announced the award of two long-term contracts: one to produce components for a new, dual-clutch sportscar transmission and another for the transmission of a leading all-terrain vehicle. Both contracts are expected to contribute meaningfully to the diversification and financial results of the business beginning in the first half of 2020.
  • Gross margin for Sypris Electronics increased materially to 8.2% for the fourth quarter of 2019, up from a gross margin loss of 8.5% for the fourth quarter of 2018 and up from a gross margin loss of 2.8% sequentially.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2019, Sypris Electronics announced that it received a contract award from Collins Aerospace to manufacture and test electronic assemblies for the power management, environmental control and life support systems of the Deep-Space Orion spacecraft program.
  • Subsequent to year-end, Sypris Electronics announced that it received a contract award from BAE Systems to manufacture and test electronic power supply modules for a large, mission-critical military program, with production to begin in 2020.

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“Gross margin for Sypris Technologies increased 110 basis points for the fourth quarter and expanded by 330 basis points for the year, despite the reduced demand in the commercial vehicle market at the end of 2019,” commented Jeffrey T. Gill, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Shipments of energy related products remained strong in the quarter, reflecting demand from domestic as well as from international customers. The reduction of new program launch costs going forward is expected to have a meaningful impact on the financial results of the business beginning in early 2020.

“Revenue for Sypris Electronics increased 30.4% sequentially during the fourth quarter, reflecting the resolution of some of the challenges we have faced during the year with shortages of certain electronic components. As shipments rebound to normal run rates, we will continue to focus on improving operational performance, while recent new contract wins are expected to provide important support for the growth of the business during the coming year.”

Concluding, Mr. Gill said, “The ramp up of the recently announced new program awards is expected to help mitigate the softening within the commercial vehicle market. Our customer base and the markets we serve are considerably more diversified than at any point in our recent history. With that said, the global macroeconomic environment is experiencing uncertainty and volatility as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are closely monitoring the developments and will act promptly to mitigate the risks to our business as we look forward to 2020.”

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

The Company reported revenue of $21.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $24.0 million for the prior-year period. Additionally, the Company reported a net loss of $0.9 million for the fourth quarter, or $0.04 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share, for the prior-year period. The results for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, included a benefit in selling, general and administrative expense of $1.9 million for the favorable resolution of a legal fee dispute.

For the full-year 2019, the Company reported revenue of $87.9 million compared with $88.0 million for the prior year. The Company reported a net loss of $3.9 million for 2019, or $0.19 per share, compared with a net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.17 per share, for 2018. Results for 2019 include a gain of $1.5 million in connection with a contract settlement with one of our customers and a gain of $0.7 million on the sale of excess equipment, partially offset by costs of $0.5 million related to preparing the Broadway facility for sale. In addition to the $1.9 million legal fee benefit recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018, results for 2018 included an insurance recovery gain of $2.3 million, which was partially offset by a loss of $0.2 million on the sale of excess equipment and costs of $1.4 million related to preparing the Broadway facility for sale or other use.

Sypris Technologies

Revenue for Sypris Technologies was $13.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $15.1 million for the prior-year period, reflecting the inventory rebalancing at year-end by certain customers and the softness in the commercial vehicle market, partially offset by an increase in energy related product sales. Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $2.0 million, or 15.4% of revenue, compared to $2.2 million, or 14.3% of revenue, for the same period in 2018.

Sypris Electronics

Revenue for Sypris Electronics was $8.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $8.8 million for the prior-year period. Revenue for the quarter was affected by a delay in production resulting from final pricing negotiations on a follow-on program and the supply chain issues discussed above. Gross profit for the quarter was $0.7 million, or 8.2% of revenue, compared to a loss of $0.8 million, or 8.5% or revenue, for the same period in 2018. Gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, included a $0.4 million physical inventory adjustment and additional excess and obsolete inventory reserves of $0.5 million.

Outlook

Commenting on the future, Mr. Gill added, “The ramp up of the recently announced new programs is expected to mitigate the expected softness coming from the Class 8 commercial vehicle market. The President of the United States’ proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget request would provide $740 billion of funding for national security, $705 billion of which is for the Department of Defense. Maintaining defense spending at this level is expected to support program growth and market expansion for aerospace and defense participants during the coming years. The energy market has benefited from oil and natural gas infrastructure development providing opportunities to grow revenue from our product offerings.

“Our performance in early 2020 has improved sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2019 and is consistent with the outlook discussed on our previous earnings call in November. At this point our business has not been materially impacted by COVID-19, but the environment appears to be changing rapidly with regard to customers, suppliers and public policy, and we are paying close attention to developments on a daily basis. First and foremost, we are focused on the health and safety of our employees, their families and our customers. We are closely monitoring local, state and federal government agencies and will follow all recommendations. The extent and duration of the impacts that COVID-19 may have on our business are not known at this time, but we are monitoring developments in order to be in a position to take appropriate action.”

Sypris Solutions is a diversified provider of truck components, oil and gas pipeline components and aerospace and defense electronics. The Company performs a wide range of manufacturing services, often under multi-year, sole-source contracts. For more information about Sypris Solutions, visit its Web site at www.sypris.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include our plans and expectations of future financial and operational performance. Such statements may relate to projections of the company’s revenue, earnings, and other financial and operational measures, our liquidity, our ability to mitigate or manage disruptions posed by COVID-19, and the impact of COVID-19 and economic conditions on our future operations, among other matters. Each forward-looking statement herein is subject to risks and uncertainties, as detailed in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other SEC filings. Briefly, we currently believe that such risks also include the following: the impact of COVID-19 and economic conditions on our future operations; possible public policy response to the pandemic, including legislation or restrictions that may impact our operations or supply chain; our failure to return to profitability on a timely basis by steadily increasing our revenues from profitable contracts with a diversified group of customers, which would cause us to continue to use existing cash resources or other assets to fund operating losses; our failure to achieve targeted gains and cash proceeds from the anticipated sale of certain equipment; the fees, costs and supply of, or access to, debt, equity capital, or other sources of liquidity; dependence on, retention or recruitment of key employees and distribution of our human capital; the cost, quality, timeliness, efficiency and yield of our operations and capital investments, including the impact of tariffs, product recalls or related liabilities, employee training, working capital, production schedules, cycle times, scrap rates, injuries, wages, overtime costs, freight or expediting costs; our inability to develop new or improved products or new markets for our products; cost, quality and availability of raw materials such as steel, component parts (especially electronic components), natural gas or utilities; breakdowns, relocations or major repairs of machinery and equipment, especially in our Toluca Plant; our reliance on a few key customers, third party vendors and sub-suppliers; continued shortages and extensive lead-times for electronic components; inventory valuation risks including excessive or obsolescent valuations or price erosions of raw materials or component parts on hand or other potential impairments, non-recoverability or write-offs of assets or deferred costs; other potential weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting and enterprise risk management; disputes or litigation involving governmental, supplier, customer, employee, creditor, stockholder, product liability or environmental claims; failure to adequately insure or to identify environmental or other insurable risks; unanticipated or uninsured disasters, public health crises, losses or business risks; our failure to successfully complete final contract negotiations with regard to our announced contract “orders”, “wins” or “awards”; volatility of our customers’ forecasts, scheduling demands and production levels which negatively impact our operational capacity and our effectiveness to integrate new customers or suppliers, and in turn cause increases in our inventory and working capital levels; the costs of compliance with our auditing, regulatory or contractual obligations; labor relations; strikes; union negotiations; pension valuation, health care or other benefit costs; our inability to patent or otherwise protect our inventions or other intellectual property from potential competitors; adverse impacts of new technologies or other competitive pressures which increase our costs or erode our margins; our ability to maintain compliance with the NASDAQ listing standards; U.S. government spending on products and services that Sypris Electronics provides, including the timing of budgetary decisions; changes in licenses, security clearances, or other legal rights to operate, manage our work force or import and export as needed; risks of foreign operations; currency exchange rates; war, terrorism, or political uncertainty; cyber security threats and disruptions; inaccurate data about markets, customers or business conditions; or unknown risks and uncertainties. We undertake no obligation to update our forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

SYPRIS SOLUTIONS, INC.
Financial Highlights
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

(Unaudited)

Revenue

$

21,624

 

$

23,955

 

Net loss

$

(859

)

$

(188

)

Loss per common share:
Basic

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.01

)

Diluted

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.01

)

Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic

20,974

 

20,555

 

Diluted

20,974

 

20,555

 

 
 

 

Year Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

(Unaudited)
Revenue

$

87,891

 

$

87,969

 

Net loss

$

(3,949

)

$

(3,505

)

Loss per common share:
Basic

$

(0.19

)

$

(0.17

)

Diluted

 

(0.19

)

 

(0.17

)

Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic

20,865

 

20,512

 

Diluted

 

20,865

 

 

20,512

 

Sypris Solutions, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except for per share data)
 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net revenue:
Sypris Technologies

$

13,010

 

$

15,130

 

$

61,683

 

$

59,816

 

Sypris Electronics

 

8,614

 

 

8,825

 

 

26,208

 

 

28,153

 

Total net revenue

 

21,624

 

 

23,955

 

 

87,891

 

 

87,969

 

Cost of sales:
Sypris Technologies

 

11,006

 

 

12,973

 

 

51,898

 

 

52,293

 

Sypris Electronics

 

7,910

 

 

9,577

 

 

26,110

 

 

28,104

 

Total cost of sales

 

18,916

 

 

22,550

 

 

78,008

 

 

80,397

 

Gross profit (loss):
Sypris Technologies

 

2,004

 

 

2,157

 

 

9,785

 

 

7,523

 

Sypris Electronics

 

704

 

 

(752

)

 

98

 

 

49

 

Total gross profit

 

2,708

 

 

1,405

 

 

9,883

 

 

7,572

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

3,474

 

 

1,213

 

 

13,680

 

 

10,474

 

Severance, relocation and other costs

 

118

 

 

306

 

 

509

 

 

1,394

 

Operating loss

 

(884

)

 

(114

)

 

(4,306

)

 

(4,296

)

Interest expense, net

 

227

 

 

185

 

 

903

 

 

850

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

(100

)

 

215

 

 

(1,256

)

 

(1,436

)

Loss before taxes

 

(1,011

)

 

(514

)

 

(3,953

)

 

(3,710

)

Income tax expense, net

 

(152

)

 

(326

)

 

(4

)

 

(205

)

Net Loss

$

(859

)

$

(188

)

$

(3,949

)

$

(3,505

)

Loss per common share:
Basic

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.19

)

$

(0.17

)

Diluted

$

(0.04

)

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.19

)

$

(0.17

)

Dividends declared per common share

$

-

 

$

-

 

$

-

 

$

-

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic

 

20,974

 

 

20,555

 

 

20,865

 

 

20,512

 

Diluted

 

20,974

 

 

20,555

 

 

20,865

 

 

20,512

 

Sypris Solutions, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except for share data)
 

December 31,

December 31,

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

(Unaudited) (Note)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

5,095

 

$

10,704

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

7,444

 

 

9,881

 

Inventory, net

 

20,784

 

 

18,584

 

Other current assets

 

4,282

 

 

4,755

 

Assets held for sale

 

2,233

 

 

1,474

 

Total current assets

 

39,838

 

 

45,398

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

11,675

 

 

14,655

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

7,014

 

 

-

 

Other assets

 

1,529

 

 

1,515

 

Total assets

$

60,056

 

$

61,568

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable

$

9,346

 

$

13,427

 

Accrued liabilities

 

12,495

 

 

14,965

 

Operating lease liabilities, current portion

 

841

 

 

-

 

Finance lease obligations, current portion

 

684

 

 

593

 

Total current liabilities

 

23,366

 

 

28,985

 

 
Note payable - related party

 

6,463

 

 

6,449

 

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

6,906

 

 

-

 

Finance lease obligations, net of current portion

 

2,351

 

 

2,804

 

Other liabilities

 

7,539

 

 

8,496

 

Total liabilities

 

46,625

 

 

46,734

 

Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, 975,150 shares authorized; no shares issued

 

-

 

 

-

 

Series A preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, 24,850 shares authorized; no shares issued

 

-

 

 

-

 

Common stock, non-voting, par value $0.01 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued

 

-

 

 

-

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 30,000,000 shares authorized; 21,324,618 shares issued and 21,298,426 outstanding in 2019 and 21,414,374 shares issued and 21,398,182 outstanding in 2018

 

213

 

 

214

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

154,702

 

 

154,388

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(117,433

)

 

(114,926

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(24,051

)

 

(24,842

)

Treasury stock, 26,192 and 16,192 in 2019 and 2018, respectively

 

-

 

 

-

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

13,431

 

 

14,834

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

60,056

 

$

61,568

 

 
Note: The balance sheet at December 31, 2018, has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for a complete set of financial statements.
Sypris Solutions, Inc.
Consolidated Cash Flow Statements
(in thousands)
 
Year Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

(Unaudited)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss

$

(3,949

)

$

(3,505

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
(used in) provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization

 

2,671

 

 

2,648

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(260

)

 

(509

)

Non-cash compensation expense

 

469

 

 

637

 

Deferred loan costs recognized

 

11

 

 

14

 

Net (gain) loss on the sale of assets

 

(654

)

 

249

 

Insurance recovery gain

 

-

 

 

(2,275

)

Settlement gain

 

-

 

 

(1,890

)

Provision for excess and obsolete inventory

 

616

 

 

520

 

Non-cash lease expense

 

650

 

 

-

 

Other noncash items

 

(69

)

 

278

 

Contributions to pension plans

 

(382

)

 

(77

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable

 

2,425

 

 

(612

)

Inventory

 

(2,823

)

 

(2,857

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

560

 

 

(1,163

)

Accounts payable

 

(4,066

)

 

2,948

 

Accrued and other liabilities

 

(1,019

)

 

7,486

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

(5,820

)

 

1,892

 

Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures

 

(859

)

 

(2,051

)

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

1,858

 

 

1,380

 

Insurance proceeds for recovery of property damage, net

 

-

 

 

2,275

 

Net cash provided by investing activities

 

999

 

 

1,604

 

Cash flows from financing activities:
Finance lease payments

 

(632

)

 

(829

)

Indirect repurchase of shares for minimum statutory tax withholdings

 

(156

)

 

(107

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(788

)

 

(936

)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(5,609

)

 

2,560

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

10,704

 

 

8,144

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

5,095

 

$

10,704

 

 

 

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