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 Smtc Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTX)

Friday, May 10, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

First Quarter 2013 Results

  • Revenue for the quarter was $65.4 million, an 11% decrease sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2012, and a 10% decrease over the first quarter of 2012.
  •  Adjusted EPS for the quarter was $0.04 vs $0.15 in prior year period.

"Compared to expectations, we experienced a reduction of $14 million in first quarter orders largely from two customers which led to lower revenues and higher inventories for the quarter. Our margins continued to improve this quarter, and partially offset the impact of the revenue decline. We expect to consume much of this excess inventory in the second quarter, and for debt levels to decline accordingly," stated Co-Chief Executive Officer, Alex Walker.

Co-Chief Executive Officer Claude Germain stated, "We have reduced our full year guidance to reflect the revenue softening we have seen across certain customers. Our focus for the remainder of 2013 is on diversified organic revenue growth, gross margin improvements and improved operating cash flow. We expect our margins and profitability to continue to improve and debt levels to decline throughout the year."

Outlook:

Revises 2013 revenue guidance from $275 - $290 million to $260 - $275 million, adjusted EBITDA guidance from $14 - $15 million to $11 - $13 million, adjusted EPS from $0.45 - $0.55 to $0.35 - $0.40, and total net debt from $15 - $16 million to $16 - $18 million.


Friday, March 15, 2013
Comments & Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter 2012

  • Reports unaudited fourth quarter results of $73.2 million in revenue, and $0.17 in EPS.

"Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA improved over the third quarter, but missed our expectations and reflected that we are only partially through our operational turnaround. Our Q4 gross margin percentage, factoring out the unrealized foreign exchange loss on derivative instruments was 8.6%, which although improved over Q3 gross margins of 6.5% remains lower than our target gross margins of 10% – 11%. In 2013 our efforts will be focused on improving our gross margins through the lean transformation of our manufacturing plants, especially our Mexican plant, and we anticipate improvement in this area through the year. The closing of our Markham manufacturing operation, scheduled for Q2 2013, will also help improve margins. We also had a strong quarter on working capital performance as evidenced by our lower debt levels. We will continue to focus on optimizing working capital levels throughout the year in combination with our gross margin improvement initiatives" stated Co-Chief Executive Officer, Alex Walker. "Lastly, we were able to increase our deferred tax asset in Q4 demonstrating continued confidence in our future earnings potential. This should serve as a reminder to investors that there is real value to our net operating loss carry-forwards."

  

Business Outlook

  • Will cease production operations in Markham in the second quarter of 2013, recorded $1.7 million in charges in Q4 associated with the closure.
  • Completes the integration of assets purchased from Seksun Array Electronics (Suzhou) Co.
  • Presents 2013 guidance of $270 - $285 million in revenue, $14 - $15 million in adjusted EBITDA1, $0.45 - $0.55 adjusted EPS2, and total debt net of cash of $15 - $16 million. 2013 guidance includes the Markham operations that are planned to cease operations in the second quarter, and excludes the effects of unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses.

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    Acquisition Activity

    TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX) ("SMTC"), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, announced that it has completed the previously announced transaction to acquire the manufacturing assets of Seksun Array Electronics (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. ("Seksun") in Suzhou, China. The ISO-certified facility will specialize in manufacturing mid–low mix / mid-high volume electronics equipment for some of the world's leading telecommunication, wireless, life science and automotive equipment manufacturers.

    President and Chief Executive Officer of SMTC, Claude Germain stated, "The purchase price of the Seksun Array Electronics assets will be approximately $2.0 million, which will be funded through our bank debt facility. We expect this transaction to be immediately accretive."


    Friday, November 9, 2012
    Fiscal Cliff
    Customers holding back due to uncertainity on a non-resolution would impact business

    Comments & Business Outlook

    Third Quarter 2012 Results

    • Revenue for the quarter was $75.6 million, a 71% increase over third quarter 2011, and a slight increase over the second quarter 2012 revenue.
    • Adjusted EPS for the quarter was $0.08, and benefited $0.02/share from a non-recurring $360 thousand tax recovery for taxes paid in 2011 and 2012. This compares to $(0.09) in the third quarter of 2011, and $0.17 in the second quarter 2012.

    Co-Chief Executive Officer Claude Germain stated, "It is worth noting that our guidance does not include any effects of closing, before year end, the previously announced asset purchase from Seksun Array Electronics, nor does it consider any potential impacts from Hurricane Sandy. Note that the purchase of the Seksun Array Electronics assets will cost approximately $2.0 million, which will be funded through our bank debt facility. We expect it to be immediately accretive."

    "Overall, the third quarter was weaker than expected. We have initiated lean manufacturing initiatives in our Mexican operation in order to improve quality, consistency and planning. We are also reviewing our Canadian operations in order to improve profitability," stated Co-Chief Executive Officer, Alex Walker. "Although our revenue levels are higher than expected, we've maintained our adjusted EBITDA guidance to the lower end of our range largely due to a record number of New Program Introductions across our plants. This new business comes with higher manufacturing complexity at the outset, we are working through it and expect improved margins on these programs going forward."

    Added Claude Germain, "We also remain focused on reducing our debt through free cash generation. Consistent with what we have stated previously, we expect to achieve year end net debt of less than 1.5 times 2012 adjusted EBITDA by year end."


    Friday, September 28, 2012
    Acquisition Activity

    TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX) ("SMTC"), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, announced the signing today of an agreement to acquire the manufacturing assets of Seksun Array Electronics (Suzhou) Co. Ltd.'s ("Seksun") in Suzhou, China. The acquisition is expected to close in Q4, 2012. This acquisition will further expand SMTC's operations and capabilities in China, strengthen its global footprint, and support the growth of new business in the region.

    Seksun provides printed circuit board assembly and full "box build" systems integration focused on low volume, high mix business for the industrial, commercial and medical sectors. SMTC expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive.

    "This transaction will support SMTC's strategy to grow and diversify its revenue base via accretive acquisitions, and is consistent with our strategic plan to quickly capitalize on market opportunities", said Alex Walker, Co-CEO at SMTC.

    "This acquisition will further strengthen SMTC's global presence. This will allow us to provide additional manufacturing capabilities in China for our North American and European customers that demand world class quality and competitively priced solutions" said Claude Germain, Co-CEO at SMTC. "The Seksun team will bring extensive supply chain, engineering and general management depth to SMTC which will complement our current capabilities in China."

    This acquisition will also complement SMTC's Asia procurement office and fulfillment warehouse, both located in Hong Kong, which allow both current and new customers to benefit from SMTC's strong global supply chain capabilities and localized purchasing power.


    Friday, August 10, 2012
    Comments & Business Outlook

    The following is summary of GeoBargain SMTX's earnings for the second quarter of 2012:

    • $75.1 million in revenue, up 54% over second quarter 2011 revenue.
    • $2.8 million net income and $4.3 million in adjusted EBITDA.
    • Maintains guidance for fiscal 2012 of $14-$16 million adjusted EBITDA, increases revenue guidance from $250-$270 million revenues to $270-$290 million revenues.


    Management commentary:

    Co-Chief Executive Officer Claude Germain stated, "Revenue for the quarter was at its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2006. Going forward into the second half of the year, we anticipate revenues to level off from significant first half growth rates, but we expect to continue to achieve solid profitability coupled with improved free cash generation and debt reduction."

    "Although we have not fully optimized our business to take advantage of our significant revenue growth, we have made progress in improving operating efficiencies this quarter. Our focus continues to be on improving gross margins, effectively managing working capital, and reducing our debt through free cash generation. We are pleased to have successfully integrated our ZF acquisition and we will continue to look for opportunistic accretive acquisitions," stated Co-Chief Executive Officer, Alex Walker.

    Source: Globe Newswire


    Friday, June 8, 2012
    Comments & Business Outlook

    TORONTO, June 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX) ("SMTC"), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, announced the successful buyout of their Chinese joint venture partner, Alco Electronics, and the expansion at their Dongguan China manufacturing facility. This investment and expansion is part of SMTC's strategic plan to strengthen its global footprint, to enhance manufacturing capabilities in China, and to support the growth of new business in the region.

    This expansion in Asia, combined with its existing facilities in Mexico and North America, highlights SMTC's commitment to its growing global footprint; it also caters specifically to global OEMs seeking a sophisticated Asia-based manufacturing solution. More specifically, SMTC has strengthened its capabilities in Asia by adding engineering resources to support New Product Introduction, by adding state-of-the-art testing equipment, and by boosting capacity. The expansion is supported by SMTC's Asia procurement office and fulfillment warehouse, both located in Hong Kong, which allow both current and new customers to benefit from SMTC's strong supply chain capabilities and localized purchasing power in order to bring products to market faster and more cost effectively.

    "We are excited to announce this further expansion in China, which meets our strategic initiative to align our footprint to meet the needs of our growing customer base. This growth and investment is consistent with our corporate objective of delivering intelligent, profitable growth to customers with products in the mid-to-low-volume, higher-mix segment of the market," said Claude Germain, President and CEO for SMTC.

    SMTC's 150,000 sq/ft facility is located in China (Dongguan), is ISO 9001:2008 registered and serves as a medium to high volume, medium to low mix facility servicing both regional and global OEMs requiring lowest cost manufacturing. This manufacturing facility offers a full suite of turnkey solutions; New Product Introduction and prototyping, Printed Circuit Board Assembly and testing, box/module build, final product integration and worldwide customer logistics.


    Wednesday, May 16, 2012
    Comments & Business Outlook

    TORONTO, May 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX) (TSX:SMX) ("SMTC"), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, today announced that they have completed the integration of ZF Array and subsequent expansion at their San Jose manufacturing facility.

    This expansion highlights SMTC's commitment in advancing their current manufacturing capabilities and development of new services offered to OEMs in California. SMTC now has advanced capabilities to offer such as dedicated prototyping lines, additional SMT capacity and state of the art testing technology. Also added to the facility is a new Class 10,000 Clean Room which will service the growing demand from medical device OEM's seeking controlled environment capabilities for final assembly and packaging services. SMTC has also introduced an In-Plant Store which allows current and new customers to leverage SMTC's supply chain and purchasing capabilities, ultimately allowing our OEM customers to bring products to market faster and more cost efficiently.

    "These are exciting times for SMTC in San Jose, and with a new wave of innovation emerging in the valley, we are seeing growing interest from OEMs looking to develop and manufacture these complex products right here in the heart of Silicon Valley," said Joel Bustos, VP and GM of SMTC San Jose. "This next generation of innovative OEMs is leveraging SMTC's expertise in engineering and design so it can manufacture low volume development prototypes here in the Valley, with the option of low cost high volume production at one of our other global locations. We aim to become their virtual manufacturing partner and a key enabler in getting their product to market quickly and effectively."

    SMTC's 65,000 square ft. center for excellence facility is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and operates with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO-13485:2003 certification and has achieved the FDB Licensing to manufacture Class 1 and 2 medical devices. This specialized technology center provides design expertise for proof of manufacturability and NPI into full production.  The high mix, low to medium volumes 'Copy-Exact' facility services OEMs in the Western U.S. requiring low-cost North American manufacturing. 


    Thursday, May 10, 2012
    Comments & Business Outlook

    First Quarter 2012 Results

    • Revenue for the quarter was $72.5 million, a 29% increase over the first quarter of 2011, and a slight increase over fourth quarter 2011 revenue due to increased demand from both existing and new customers.
    • Gross margins were 10.4% including unrealized gains from foreign currency forward contracts of $462 thousand.
    • Reports first quarter results of $72.5 million in revenue, $4.3 million in adjusted EBITDA and $0.18 adjusted EPS. Adjusted EPS is GAAP EPS excluding the effect of restructuring charges relating to the integration of the ZF Array Technology acquisition
    • Maintains guidance for remainder of fiscal 2012 of $14-$16 million adjusted EBITDA, $250-$270 million revenues and $0.53 - $0.65 EPS

    Co-Chief Executive Officer Claude Germain stated, "Revenue for the quarter was at its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2006. For the balance of 2012, we anticipate continued strong top and bottom line performance in line with our previously announced guidance."

    "Over the next few quarters we expect to leverage our fixed cost infrastructure as we grow to further improve gross margins, and to effectively manage working capital and reduce our debt through free cash generation," stated Co-Chief Executive Officer, Alex Walker.


    Thursday, March 8, 2012
    Comments & Business Outlook

    Fourth Quarter 2011 Results

    • Fourth quarter results exceed guidance for revenue, adjusted EBITDA and EPS
    • Fourth quarter results of $71.1 million in revenue, $4.3 million in adjusted EBITDA, $2.9 million in net income, $5.5 million operating cash flow, and $0.18 EPS
    • Presents Q1 guidance of $72-$74 million of revenue, $4.3 to $4.5 million of adjusted EBITDA, and $0.17-$0.19 adjusted EPS. Adjusted EPS is GAAP EPS excluding the effect of anticipated restructuring charges relating to the integration of the ZF Array Technology acquisition.
    • Raises 2012 guidance to $14-16 million adjusted EBITDA, $250-270 million revenue, and $0.53 - $0.65 EPS, up from $13-15 million adjusted EBITDA, $240-260 million revenue, and $0.47 - $0.59 EPS prior guidance

    "Despite solid fourth quarter results, we see room for improvement on both the revenue and margin front moving forward. These results reflect the efforts made during our first six months to right size costs, drive new business, and make our culture more customer-centric," stated Co-Chief Executive Officer, Alex Walker. "We expect to leverage our fixed cost infrastructure as we grow to further improve gross and operating margins and to effectively manage working capital and reduce our debt through free cash generation."

    Co-Chief Executive Officer Claude Germain added, "We have focused our restructuring efforts towards delivering more value to our customer, and have won more business from new and existing customers through the last six months of the year than in any of the past several years. This has had a significant impact on our Q4 and our expected 2012 results. We anticipate improved performance in 2012 in line with our guidance, while targeting a longer term annual organic revenue growth rate of 10%."


    Friday, January 6, 2012
    Comments & Business Outlook

    TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX) (TSX:SMX) ("SMTC"), a recognized global electronics manufacturing services provider, today announced changes to its Charter and Bylaws aimed at improving shareholder rights, and an agreement with its largest shareholder, Red Oak Partners, LLC to limit its voting rights in certain circumstances.

    Charter and Bylaw Changes

    After retaining a leading provider of shareholder corporate governance solutions to recommend ways to make its policies more shareholder friendly, SMTC's Board of Directors adopted changes to its Charter and Bylaws including:

    • Special meetings may now be called up to twice per year by holders of 10% or more of shares outstanding. Previously, shareholders were unable to call special meetings;
    • Shareholders are no longer limited to the number of Directors they may nominate for election to the Board. Previously, shareholders were limited to nominating three Directors;
    • SMTC's Tax benefits preservation shareholder rights plan ("Net Operating Loss Plan," or "NOL plan") may no longer be extended at the Board's discretion – in the future an extension will require shareholder approval;
    • Removal of a stakeholder clause considered poor policy by governance experts and which impeded SMTC's singular focus on shareholder value.

    Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Comments & Business Outlook

    Third Quarter 2011 Results

    • Announces third quarter results in line with guidance
    • Confirms guidance for approximately $69 million revenue, $4 million EBITDA, and $0.16 earnings per share ("EPS") for Q4
    • Updates 2012 guidance from $13 million EBITDA on $240 million revenue to guidance range of $13-15 million EBITDA, $240-260 million revenue, and $0.47 - $0.59 EPS
    • Closes new banking facility with PNC in late Q3
    • Completes acquisition of ZF Array in late Q3

    Revenue for the quarter was $44.1 million, in line with guidance. Revenues declined as demand reductions and end of life programs from certain customers in Q3 resulted in what is expected to be SMTC's lowest revenue and profit quarter of 2011. During the quarter, the new management team continued its restructuring plan, and has eliminated 11 corporate positions simultaneous with an increase in direct labor headcount by 550 employees (to 1,750) in order to meet increased demand in Q4 and beyond. One-time charges of $1.1 million in the third quarter included severance costs, the write-off of financing costs related to the previous credit facility, and foreign exchange forward losses. Costs related to the third quarter increase in direct labor headcount were expensed in the quarter and excluded from one-time charges. For the fourth quarter, the Company expects one-time charges, including those related to the closing of ZF Array, to be less than the amount incurred in Q3. The Company anticipates few if any non M&A-related one-time charges in 2012.

    Co-Chief Executive Officer Claude Germain added, "We've continued with our plan to restructure the business to make it more customer oriented. Our new customer and program wins are exciting and will allow us to leverage our fixed cost infrastructure, increase site utilization, and improve gross margins. Additional customer wins are expected to ramp in Q4 and 2012, and barring any major macroeconomic downturn, we are looking forward to improved performance going forward."


    Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    Comments & Business Outlook

    SMTC Provides Business Update -- Raises Q4 Forecast, Provides 2012 Guidance

    -Confirms prior guidance for improved financial performance in Q4 and beyond
    -Raises Q4 guidance to $4.0 million EBITDA on revenue of $69 million
    -Introduces new 2012 EBITDA guidance to equal or exceed $13 million, and 2012 revenue guidance to equal or exceed $240 million
    -Guides for $825,000 Q3 EBITDA, pre 1-time costs (related to restructuring and refinancing) on revenue of $44 million

    TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX) (TSX:SMX) ("SMTC"), a recognized global electronics manufacturing services provider, today provided a Q3, Q4, and 2012 business update.

    "In an effort to offer increased transparency about the business to our shareholders, we are providing the following update about our expected Q3, Q4 and 2012 results. We continue to expect Q3 to be our weakest quarter of the year, and anticipate generating $825,000 in EBITDA for the quarter. However, due to new program wins from both current and new customers, recent cost reduction initiatives, and our recent acquisition, we now expect the business to generate $4.0 million in EBITDA in Q4, up from our prior guidance of $3.0 million," stated Claude Germain, Co-Chief Executive Officer. "Barring additional major macroeconomic changes and based on forecasts from our customers as well as our internal forecasts, we are also introducing a 2012 EBITDA guidance of $13 million in EBITDA and $240 million in revenues."

    Alex Walker, Co-Chief Executive Officer, added, "As recently appointed CEO's, we are cautious about providing new guidance, but our increased forecast reflects the strengthening of the business. In order to meet higher Q4 orders, we added to labor and increased working capital in late Q3. However, we continue to expect to generate positive operating cash flow for the year, and to generate strong free cash flow in 2012. We also expect our sizable tax loss carry-forwards to offset future taxable income and further increase earnings and cash flow."

    EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. EBITDA is computed as Net income from continuing operations excluding depreciation, amortization, restructuring charges, interest and income tax expense. SMTC Corporation provides this non-GAAP calculation of EBITDA as supplemental information regarding the operational performance of SMTC Corporation's core business. EBITDA is used by SMTC Corporation to provide a consistent method of comparison to historical periods and to the performance of competitors and peer group companies. SMTC Corporation believes that providing non-GAAP measures that management uses in its assessment of the business will allow its investors to better understand SMTC Corporation's financial performance and to evaluate SMTC Corporation's performance using the same methodology and information used by SMTC Corporation's management. 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.


    Tuesday, August 10, 2010
    GeoSpecial Notes

    SMTC Corporation delivered its third straight quarter of both sequential and year of year EPS growth.

    2010 Second quarter highlights:

    June Qtr. 2nd Quarter 2010 2nd Quarter 2009
    GAAP Revenue $71.2 million $39.2 million
    GAAP EPS $0.21 $0.03
    Tax Rate 00.0% 00.0%
    Fully Tax-Adjusted  EPS (36.0% tax rate assumption)   $0.13 $0.02
    Fully Diluted Shares 15,704,178 14,646,333


    Comments in the the press release indicated that the 2010 third quarter would also be strong...

     "We enter the third quarter with a solid order backlog and continuing demand from our customers."

    ...but left a slight cloud of uncertainty regarding growth prospects thereafter:

    However, we will take a cautious approach given continuing economic uncertainty and lack of visibility into customer end markets and into remaining customer inventory builds. We expect continued profitability through the remainder of the year but as has been our policy, we are not providing specific full year guidance." stated Mr. Caldwell.

    We participated in the earnings conference call to gain more insight into future business prospects.  Management confirmed that the 2010 third quarter would build on the momentum established over the past several quarters. We asked management why it hesitated to give guidance past the third quarter.  It basically said that much of the recent growth was the result of customers restoring inventories that were inadequate to meet current demands. Thus, due to the uncertainty in the market place, the company was unwilling to make a definitive call that customers would not delay purchases until more certainty arrives on the scene.  

    The company may also begin stepping up its IR efforts.

    The SMTC story suddenly has a fly in the ointment. In its first quarter press release the company was able to make a broad assumption on 2010 as a whole:

    "We continue to see signs of economic recovery. We experienced wide spread increased customer orders in the first quarter and thus far in the second quarter. With this strong order intake combined with a large opening order backlog, we expect continued sequential second quarter revenue growth. Although we have less visibility beyond the second quarter, at this point we expect aggregate revenue in the last two quarters at least to attain the first half level," stated Mr. Caldwell.

    We have read too many press releases from other technology firms indicating that order bookings are at record highs and that visibility has improved. The question now becomes:  is the company being a little too conservative or does it see some weariness from its customers?  It is likely a little of both and in the end could lead to a disappointing 2010 fourth quarter.

    With an erie feeling, we will keep the stock on the GeoSpecial on the Radar list, understanding the medium-term hurdles. With fully taxed adjusted trailing EPS of $0.35, we are not sure investors will take the stock much past a $3.00 to $5.00 range, until more clarity becomes evident about the future.


    Wednesday, May 12, 2010
    Comments & Business Outlook

    "As expected, SMTC produced strong first quarter results with revenue increasing 20% sequentially, the result of increased orders for most of SMTC's longstanding customers combined with five newer customers ramping production. This was our third consecutive quarter of robust revenue growth," stated John Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We converted this increased revenue into more than a 50% sequential increase in net income adjusted for stock based compensation and income tax recoveries through leveraging our current manufacturing capacity and efficient cost structure."

    "We continue to see signs of economic recovery. We experienced wide spread increased customer orders in the first quarter and thus far in the second quarter. With this strong order intake combined with a large opening order backlog, we expect continued sequential second quarter revenue growth. Although we have less visibility beyond the second quarter, at this point we expect aggregate revenue in the last two quarters at least to attain the first half level," stated Mr. Caldwell.


    Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Comments & Business Outlook

    "Historically, the Company has not provided specific full year financial guidance. However, in the first quarter there are signs of some economic recovery and customer inventory rebuilding. Accordingly, we are experiencing continued strong order flow from longstanding and newer customers together with a strong opening backlog, which should result in continued sequential revenue growth in the first quarter, and continuing strength through the first half of the year." stated Mr. Caldwell.

    Source: PR Newswire (March 10, 2010)