Press release

Littelfuse Reports First Quarter Results For 2021

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Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFUS), an industrial technology manufacturing company empowering a sustainable, connected, and safer world, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 27, 2021:

  • Net sales of $463.8 million were up 34% versus the prior year period, and up 26% organically, due to strong demand across a number of electronics, automotive and industrial end markets
  • Growth by segment versus the prior year period:

    • Electronics sales grew 34% (up 32% organically)
    • Automotive sales grew 23% (up 17% organically)
    • Industrial sales grew 80% (up 10% organically)
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $2.32; adjusted diluted EPS was $2.67, a growth of 107% and includes $0.54 of benefits related to a non-operating mark-to-market gain and lower effective tax rate compared to the prior year period
  • GAAP effective tax rate was 20.6% and the adjusted effective tax rate was 19.2%
  • Cash flow from operations was $50.2 million and free cash flow was $35.4 million

“We are off to a strong start this year, delivering double-digit revenue and EPS growth well ahead of expectations,” said Dave Heinzmann, Littelfuse President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our agile teams around the world continue to navigate through this dynamic market environment while meeting commitments to our customers. Looking ahead, we are seeing healthy demand across a number of our end markets aligned to the strategic, structural growth themes of a sustainable, connected, and safer world. We remain confident we are well-positioned for long-term profitable growth.”

Second Quarter of 2021*

For the second quarter, the company expects net sales in the range of $463 to $477 million, adjusted diluted EPS in the range of $2.12 to $2.28 and an adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 17%.

Littelfuse provides guidance on a non-GAAP (adjusted) basis. GAAP items excluded from guidance may include the after-tax impact of items including acquisition and integration costs, restructuring, impairment and other charges, certain purchase accounting adjustments, non-operating foreign exchange adjustments and significant and unusual items. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could be material to results computed in accordance with GAAP. Littelfuse is not able to forecast the excluded items in order to provide the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable efforts.

Dividend and Share Repurchase Authorization

  • The company’s Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase authorization to replace its previous 2020 program. The company may repurchase up to $300 million in the aggregate of shares of the company’s common stock for the period May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2024.
  • The company will pay a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.48 per share on June 3, 2021 to shareholders of record as of May 20, 2021

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Littelfuse will host a conference call today, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the results. The call will be broadcast live and available for replay at Littelfuse.com. A slide presentation will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at Littelfuse.com.

About Littelfuse

Littelfuse (NASDAQ: LFUS) is an industrial technology manufacturing company empowering a sustainable, connected, and safer world. Across more than 15 countries, and with 12,000 global associates, we partner with customers to design and deliver innovative, reliable solutions. Serving over 100,000 end customers, our products are found in a variety of industrial, transportation and electronics end markets – everywhere, every day. Learn more at Littelfuse.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are intended to constitute “forward-looking statements” entitled to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to general economic conditions; the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken in response thereto and the effects of those items on the company’s business; product demand and market acceptance; the impact of competitive products and pricing; product quality problems or product recalls; capacity and supply difficulties or constraints; coal mining exposures reserves; failure of an indemnification for environmental liability; exchange rate fluctuations; commodity and other raw material price fluctuations; the effect of Littelfuse, Inc.’s (“Littelfuse” or the “Company”) accounting policies; labor disputes; restructuring costs in excess of expectations; pension plan asset returns less than assumed; integration of acquisitions; uncertainties related to political or regulatory changes; and other risks which may be detailed in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements. This release should be read in conjunction with information provided in the financial statements appearing in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2020. Further discussion of the risk factors of the company can be found under the caption “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2020 and in other filings and submissions with the SEC, each of which are available free of charge on the company’s investor relations website at investor.littelfuse.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof. The company does not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the availability of new information.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The information included in this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measures of organic net sales growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted income taxes, adjusted effective tax rate, free cash flow, consolidated total gross debt, consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the private placement senior notes), and ratio of consolidated total gross debt to consolidated EBITDA. Many of these non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of certain expenses and income not related directly to the underlying performance of our fundamental business operations.

A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is set forth in the attached schedules.

The company believes that organic net sales growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted income taxes, and adjusted effective tax rate provide useful information to investors regarding its operational performance because they enhance an investor’s overall understanding of our core financial performance and facilitate comparisons to historical results of operations, by excluding items that are not related directly to the underlying performance of our fundamental business operations or were not part of our business operations during a comparable period. The company believes that free cash flow is a useful measure of its ability to generate cash. The company believes that consolidated total gross debt, consolidated EBITDA, and ratio of consolidated total gross debt to consolidated EBITDA are useful measures of its credit position. The company believes that all of these non-GAAP financial measures are commonly used by financial analysts and others in the industries in which we operate, and thus further provide useful information to investors. Management additionally uses these measures when assessing the performance of the business and for business planning purposes. Note that our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from those terms as defined or used by other companies.

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LITTELFUSE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(in thousands)

 

March 27,

2021

 

December 26,

2020

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

572,771

 

 

$

687,525

 

Short-term investments

 

53

 

 

54

 

Trade receivables, less allowances of $42,624 and $45,237 at March 27, 2021 and December 26, 2020, respectively

 

276,687

 

 

232,760

 

Inventories

 

295,057

 

 

258,002

 

Prepaid income taxes and income taxes receivable

 

4,146

 

 

3,029

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

43,698

 

 

35,939

 

Total current assets

 

1,192,412

 

 

1,217,309

 

Net property, plant, and equipment

 

344,914

 

 

344,178

 

Intangible assets, net of amortization

 

317,294

 

 

291,887

 

Goodwill

 

845,586

 

 

816,812

 

Investments

 

37,285

 

 

30,547

 

Deferred income taxes

 

9,854

 

 

11,224

 

Right of use lease assets, net

 

19,560

 

 

17,615

 

Other assets

 

19,965

 

 

18,021

 

Total assets

 

$

2,786,870

 

 

$

2,747,593

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

179,723

 

 

$

145,984

 

Accrued liabilities

 

98,354

 

 

110,478

 

Accrued income taxes

 

23,468

 

 

19,186

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

25,000

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

326,545

 

 

275,648

 

Long-term debt, less current portion

 

623,865

 

 

687,034

 

Deferred income taxes

 

51,229

 

 

50,134

 

Accrued post-retirement benefits

 

42,894

 

 

45,802

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

14,190

 

 

12,950

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

67,410

 

 

67,252

 

Total equity

 

1,660,737

 

 

1,608,773

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

2,786,870

 

 

$

2,747,593

 

LITTELFUSE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

March 27,

2021

 

March 28,

2020

Net sales

 

$

463,794

 

 

 

$

346,096

 

Cost of sales

 

303,328

 

 

 

221,740

 

Gross profit

 

160,466

 

 

 

124,356

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

58,288

 

 

 

51,200

 

Research and development expenses

 

14,739

 

 

 

14,463

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

10,521

 

 

 

9,981

 

Restructuring, impairment, and other charges

 

437

 

 

 

3,962

 

Total operating expenses

 

83,985

 

 

 

79,606

 

Operating income

 

76,481

 

 

 

44,750

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

4,673

 

 

 

5,418

 

Foreign exchange loss

 

6,837

 

 

 

2,584

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

(7,737

)

 

 

1,249

 

Income before income taxes

 

72,708

 

 

 

35,499

 

Income taxes

 

14,995

 

 

 

10,855

 

Net income

 

$

57,713

 

 

 

$

24,644

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

2.35

 

 

 

$

1.01

 

Diluted

 

$

2.32

 

 

 

$

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares and equivalent shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

24,532

 

 

 

24,393

 

Diluted

 

24,892

 

 

 

24,578

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

$

52,842

 

 

 

$

9,665

 

LITTELFUSE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

(in thousands)

 

March 27, 2021

 

March 28, 2020

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

57,713

 

 

 

$

24,644

 

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

32,165

 

 

 

35,626

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Trade receivables

 

(32,973

)

 

 

(9,457

)

 

Inventories

 

(6,152

)

 

 

6,667

 

 

Accounts payable

 

17,070

 

 

 

(3,964

)

 

Accrued liabilities and income taxes

 

(15,427

)

 

 

(7,012

)

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(2,230

)

 

 

(1,225

)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

50,166

 

 

 

45,279

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

(109,852

)

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant, and equipment

 

(14,721

)

 

 

(16,586

)

 

Net proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment

 

2,553

 

 

 

50

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(122,020

)

 

 

(16,536

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Net (payments) proceeds from credit facility

 

(30,000

)

 

 

97,500

 

 

Purchases of common stock

 

 

 

 

(22,927

)

 

Cash dividends paid

 

(11,782

)

 

 

(11,725

)

 

All other cash provided by financing activities

 

7,509

 

 

 

2,956

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

(34,273

)

 

 

65,804

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

(4,101

)

 

 

(5,111

)

 

(Decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

(110,228

)

 

 

89,436

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

687,525

 

 

 

531,139

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period

 

$

577,297

 

 

 

$

620,575

 

 

LITTELFUSE, INC.

NET SALES AND OPERATING INCOME BY SEGMENT

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

First Quarter

(in thousands)

 

2021

 

2020

 

%

Growth /(Decline)

Net sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronics

 

$

286,535

 

 

$

214,189

 

 

33.8

%

Automotive

 

128,529

 

 

104,770

 

 

22.7

%

Industrial

 

48,730

 

 

27,137

 

 

79.6

%

Total net sales

 

$

463,794

 

 

$

346,096

 

 

34.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronics

 

$

55,523

 

 

$

32,272

 

 

72.0

%

Automotive

 

20,316

 

 

14,116

 

 

43.9

%

Industrial

 

3,506

 

 

3,534

 

 

(0.8)

%

Other(a)

 

(2,864

)

 

(5,172

)

 

N.M.

 

Total operating income

 

$

76,481

 

 

$

44,750

 

 

70.9

%

Operating Margin

 

16.5

%

 

12.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

4,673

 

 

5,418

 

 

 

Foreign exchange loss

 

6,837

 

 

2,584

 

 

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

(7,737

)

 

1,249

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

$

72,708

 

 

$

35,499

 

 

104.8

%

(a) “other” typically includes non-GAAP adjustments such as acquisition-related and integration costs, purchase accounting inventory adjustments and restructuring and impairment charges. (See Supplemental Financial Information for details.)

N.M. – Not meaningful

 

 

First Quarter

(in thousands)

 

2021

 

2020

 

%

Growth /(Decline)

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronics

 

19.4

%

 

15.1

%

 

4.3

%

Automotive

 

15.8

%

 

13.5

%

 

2.3

%

Industrial

 

7.2

%

 

13.0

%

 

(5.8)

%

LITTELFUSE, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(In millions of USD except per share amounts – unaudited)

 

Non-GAAP EPS reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-21

 

Q1-20

GAAP diluted EPS

 

$

2.32

 

 

$

1.00

EPS impact of Non-GAAP adjustments (below)

 

0.35

 

 

0.29

 

Adjusted diluted EPS

 

$

2.67

 

 

$

1.29

Non-GAAP adjustments – (income)/expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-21

 

Q1-20

Acquisition-related and integration costs (a)

 

$

0.8

 

 

 

$

1.2

 

Purchase accounting inventory adjustments (b)

 

3.5

 

 

 

 

Restructuring, impairment and other charges (c)

 

0.4

 

 

 

4.0

 

Gain on sale of fixed assets (d)

 

(1.9

)

 

 

 

Non-GAAP adjustments to operating income

 

2.8

 

 

 

5.2

 

Non-operating foreign exchange loss

 

6.8

 

 

 

2.6

 

Non-GAAP adjustments to income before income taxes

 

9.6

 

 

 

7.8

 

Income taxes (e)

 

0.8

 

 

 

0.6

 

Non-GAAP adjustments to net income

 

$

8.8

 

 

 

$

7.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total EPS impact

 

$

0.35

 

 

 

$

0.29

 

Adjusted operating margin / Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-21

 

Q1-20

Net sales

 

$

463.8

 

 

$

346.1

 

GAAP operating income

 

76.5

 

 

$

44.8

 

Add back non-GAAP adjustments

 

2.8

 

 

5.2

 

Adjusted operating income

 

$

79.3

 

 

$

50.0

 

Adjusted operating margin

 

17.1

%

 

14.4

%

Add back amortization

 

10.5

 

 

10.0

 

Add back depreciation

 

13.7

 

 

13.8

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

103.5

 

 

$

73.8

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

22.3

%

 

21.3

%

Net sales reconciliation

 

Q1-21 vs. Q1-20

 

 

Electronics

 

Automotive

 

Industrial

 

Total

Net sales growth

 

34

%

 

23

%

 

80

%

 

34

%

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

62

%

 

5

%

Transfer a product line between segments

 

(1

)%

 

%

 

7

%

 

%

FX impact

 

3

%

 

6

%

 

1

%

 

3

%

Organic net sales growth

 

32

%

 

17

%

 

10

%

 

26

%

Income tax reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-21

 

Q1-20

Income taxes

 

$

15.0

 

 

$

10.9

 

Effective rate

 

20.6

%

 

30.6

%

Non-GAAP adjustments – income taxes

 

0.8

 

 

0.6

 

Adjusted income taxes

 

$

15.8

 

 

$

11.5

 

Adjusted effective rate

 

19.2

%

 

26.5

%

Free cash flow reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-21

 

Q1-20

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

50.2

 

 

$

45.3

 

Less: Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(14.7

)

 

(16.6

)

Free cash flow

 

$

35.4

 

 

$

28.7

 

Consolidated Total Debt

 

As of March 27, 2021

Consolidated total gross debt

 

$

652.8

 

Unamortized debt issuance costs

 

(3.9

)

Consolidated Total Debt

 

$

648.9

 

 

 

 

Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Private Placement Senior Notes) (1)

 

Twelve Months Ended

March 27, 2021

Net Income

 

$

163.1

 

Interest expense

 

20.3

 

Income taxes

 

35.4

 

Depreciation

 

56.0

 

Amortization

 

40.6

 

Non-cash additions (reductions):

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

18.5

 

Purchase accounting inventory step-up charge

 

3.5

 

Unrealized gain on investments

 

(14.9

)

Impairment charges

 

33.8

 

Other

 

(6.6

)

Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Private Placement Senior Notes) (1)

 

$

349.7

 

 

 

 

Ratio of Consolidated total gross debt to Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in Private Placement Senior Notes)*

 

1.9x

 

* Our Private Placement Senior Notes, with maturities ranging from 2022 to 2030, contain a financial ratio covenant providing that if, as of the last day of each fiscal quarter, the ratio of Consolidated total gross debt at such time to Consolidated EBITDA for the then most recently concluded period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Company exceeds 3.50:1.00, an Event of Default (as defined in the Private Placement Senior Notes) is triggered

(1) Represents Consolidated EBITDA as defined in our Private Placement Senior Notes and is calculated using the most recently concluded period of four consecutive quarters

 

Note: Total will not always foot due to rounding.

 

(a) reflected in selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”).

(b) reflected in cost of sales.

(c) For the fiscal year ended December 26, 2020, the Company presented restructuring, impairment and other charges as a separate caption in the Consolidated Statements of Net Income. Certain amounts in the prior period financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the presentation of the current period financial statements.

(d) reflected in SG&A. 2021 quarter-to-date included a $1.9 million gain from the sale of a building in the Electronics segment.

(e) reflected the tax impact associated with the non-GAAP adjustments.