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TE Connectivity Posts Solid Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results
Sales above the midpoint of guidance;
Adjusted EPS of $0.84, above the high end of guidance; GAAP EPS of $0.83
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland – January 20, 2016 – TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) today reported results for the fiscal first quarter ended December 25, 2015.
First Quarter Highlights
- Net sales of $2.83 billion, above the midpoint of guidance; down 7 percent versus the prior year and down 2 percent organically
- Adjusted Earnings Per Share (EPS) were $0.84, above the high end of guidance; down 6 percent versus the prior year and flat in constant currency
- Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations (GAAP EPS) were $0.83
- Excluding SubCom, orders were up 3 percent sequentially and the book-to-bill ratio was 1.04
- Free cash flow was $237 million
- Returned $1.4 billion to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends
- Announced the sale of the Circuit Protection Devices (CPD) business for $350 million
- Recognized as a Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator for fifth consecutive year
“I am pleased with our first quarter performance with sales in line with guidance and EPS exceeding the high end of guidance,” said TE Connectivity Chairman and CEO Tom Lynch. “Our businesses executed very well despite the uncertain macro-economic environment and continued softness in China and industrial markets. Last year’s acquisitions in Sensors and Medical continued to gain momentum, and we advanced our strategy to focus on harsh environment applications with the announced sale of our Circuit Protection Devices business.
“For the year, we expect continued strength in our Transportation segment to offset weakness in industrial markets and softness in China,” said Lynch. “We anticipate industrial markets to pick up in the second half of fiscal year 2016 as inventory levels stabilize and orders continue to improve. We are reiterating our guidance and expect to deliver adjusted EPS of $4.00 at the midpoint, an increase of 11 percent year over year and 15 percent on a constant currency basis.”
FISCAL FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
The company reported net sales of $2.83 billion, compared to prior year sales of $3.0 billion. Adjusted EPS were $0.84, compared to $0.89 in the prior year. GAAP EPS were $0.83, compared to $1.05 in the prior year. Free cash flow was $237 million for the quarter.
GAAP EPS included $32 million of restructuring and other charges offset by $28 million of income related to tax items.
Total company orders were $2.8 billion, up 3 percent sequentially excluding SubCom. The book-to-bill ratio was 1.04, excluding SubCom.
For the fiscal second quarter 2016, the company expects net sales of $2.88 billion to $3.08 billion and adjusted EPS of $0.84 to $0.92. GAAP EPS are expected to be $0.78 to $0.86, including acquisition related charges of $0.01, and restructuring and other charges of $0.05.
For the full year, the company expects net sales of $11.9 billion to $12.7 billion and adjusted EPS of $3.80 to $4.20. GAAP EPS are expected to be $3.66 to $4.06, including acquisition related charges of $0.03, restructuring and other charges of $0.18, and $0.07 of tax-related income. The outlook includes foreign exchange headwinds, reducing sales by $344 million and adjusted EPS by $0.13 year over year, and the impact of a 53rd week.
The outlook includes foreign exchange and commodity rates that are consistent with current levels. Information about TE Connectivity’s use of non-GAAP financial measures is provided below. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures, see the attached tables.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
- Internet users will be able to access the company’s earnings webcast, including slide materials, at the “Investors” section of TE Connectivity’s website: http://investors.te.com.
- By telephone: For both "listen-only" participants and those participants who wish to take part in the question-and-answer portion of the call, the dial-in number in the United States is (800) 230-1766, and for international callers, the dial-in number is (612) 332-0107.
- An audio replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET on January 20, 2016, and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 27, 2016. The dial-in number for participants in the United States is (800) 475-6701. For participants outside the United States, the dial-in number is (320) 365-3844. The replay access code for all callers is 381577.
“Organic Sales Growth,” “Adjusted Operating Income,” “Adjusted Operating Margin,” “Adjusted Other Income, Net,” “Adjusted Income Tax Expense,” ”Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations,” “Adjusted Earnings Per Share,” “Adjusted Earnings Per Share in Constant Currency,” and “Free Cash Flow” are non-GAAP measures and should not be considered replacements for results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”). These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies. The primary limitation of these measures is that they exclude the financial impact of items that would otherwise either increase or decrease our reported results. This limitation is best addressed by using these non-GAAP measures in combination with the most directly comparable GAAP measures in order to better understand the amounts, character and impact of any increase or decrease in reported amounts. The following provides additional information regarding these non-GAAP measures:
- Organic Sales Growth – is a useful measure of our underlying results and trends in the business. It is also a significant component in our incentive compensation plans. The difference between reported net sales growth (the most comparable GAAP measure) and Organic Sales Growth consists of the impact from foreign currency exchange rates and acquisitions and divestitures, if any. Organic Sales Growth is a useful measure of our performance because it excludes items that: i) are not completely under management’s control, such as the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates; or ii) do not reflect the underlying growth of the company, such as acquisition and divestiture activity.
- Adjusted Operating Income – represents operating income (the most comparable GAAP measure) before special items including charges or income related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition related charges, impairment charges, and other income or charges, if any. We utilize Adjusted Operating Income to assess segment level core operating performance and to provide insight to management in evaluating segment operating plan execution and underlying market conditions. It also is a significant component in our incentive compensation plans. Adjusted Operating Income is a useful measure for investors because it provides insight into our underlying operating results, trends, and the comparability of these results between periods.
- Adjusted Operating Margin – represents operating margin (the most comparable GAAP measure) before special items including charges or income related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition related charges, impairment charges, and other income or charges, if any. We present Adjusted Operating Margin before special items to give investors a perspective on the underlying business results. This measure should be considered in conjunction with operating margin calculated using our GAAP results in order to understand the amounts, character and impact of adjustments to operating margin.
- Adjusted Other Income, Net – represents other income, net (the most comparable GAAP measure) before special items including tax sharing income related to certain proposed adjustments to prior period tax returns and other tax items, if any. We present Adjusted Other Income, Net as we believe that it is appropriate for investors to consider results excluding these items in addition to results in accordance with GAAP.
- Adjusted Income Tax Expense – represents income tax expense (the most comparable GAAP measure) after adjusting for the tax effect of special items including charges related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition related charges, impairment charges, other income or charges, and certain significant special tax items, if any. We present Adjusted Income Tax Expense to provide investors further information regarding the tax effects of adjustments used in determining the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations (as defined below).
- Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations – represents income from continuing operations attributable to TE Connectivity Ltd. (the most comparable GAAP measure) before special items including charges or income related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition related charges, impairment charges, tax sharing income related to certain proposed adjustments to prior period tax returns and other tax items, certain significant special tax items, other income or charges, if any, and, if applicable, the related tax effects. We present Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations as we believe that it is appropriate for investors to consider results excluding these items in addition to results in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations provides additional information regarding our underlying operating results, trends and the comparability of these results between periods.
- Adjusted Earnings Per Share – represents diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to TE Connectivity Ltd. (the most comparable GAAP measure) before special items, including charges or income related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition related charges, impairment charges, tax sharing income related to certain proposed adjustments to prior period tax returns and other tax items, certain significant special tax items, other income or charges, if any, and, if applicable, the related tax effects. We present Adjusted Earnings Per Share because we believe that it is appropriate for investors to consider results excluding these items in addition to results in accordance with GAAP. We believe such a measure provides a picture of our results that is more comparable among periods since it excludes the impact of special items, which may recur, but tend to be irregular as to timing, thereby making comparisons between periods more difficult. It also is a significant component in our incentive compensation plans.
- Adjusted Earnings Per Share in Constant Currency – represents Adjusted Earnings Per Share excluding the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates between periods. We believe constant currency information provides valuable supplemental information regarding our earnings per share.
- Free Cash Flow (FCF) – is a useful measure of our ability to generate cash. The difference between net cash provided by continuing operating activities (the most comparable GAAP measure) and Free Cash Flow consists mainly of significant cash outflows and inflows that we believe are useful to identify. We believe Free Cash Flow provides useful information to investors as it provides insight into the primary cash flow metric used by management to monitor and evaluate cash flows generated from our operations.
Free Cash Flow is defined as net cash provided by continuing operating activities excluding voluntary pension contributions and the cash impact of special items, if any, minus net capital expenditures. Net capital expenditures consist of capital expenditures less proceeds from the sale of property, plant, and equipment. These items are subtracted because they represent long-term commitments. Voluntary pension contributions are excluded from the GAAP measure because this activity is driven by economic financing decisions rather than operating activity. Certain special items, including net payments related to pre-separation tax matters, also are considered by management in evaluating Free Cash Flow.
Free Cash Flow subtracts certain cash items that are ultimately within management’s and the Board of Directors’ discretion to direct and may imply that there is less or more cash available for our programs than the most comparable GAAP measure indicates. It should not be inferred that the entire Free Cash Flow amount is available for future discretionary expenditures, as our definition of Free Cash Flow does not consider certain non-discretionary expenditures, such as debt payments. In addition, we may have other discretionary expenditures, such as discretionary dividends, share repurchases, and business acquisitions, that are not considered in the calculation of Free Cash Flow.
This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainty and changes in circumstances, which may cause actual results, performance, financial condition or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, financial condition or achievements. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature are forward-looking and the words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "plan," and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have no intention and are under no obligation to update or alter (and expressly disclaim any such intention or obligation to do so) our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements addressing our future financial condition and operating results and our planned sale of the Circuit Protection Devices business. Examples of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include, among others, business, economic, competitive and regulatory risks, such as conditions affecting demand for products, particularly in the automotive and data and devices industries; competition and pricing pressure; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices; natural disasters and political, economic and military instability in countries in which we operate; developments in the credit markets; future goodwill impairment; compliance with current and future environmental and other laws and regulations; the possible effects on us of changes in tax laws, tax treaties and other legislation; the risk that we do not realize the anticipated benefits from the sale of the Broadband Network Solutions business; and the risk that the sale of the Circuit Protection Devices business may not be consummated, or if consummated, we do not realize the anticipated benefits from such transaction. More detailed information about these and other factors is set forth in TE Connectivity Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Sept. 25, 2015 as well as in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports filed by us with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
ABOUT TE CONNECTIVITY
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 72,000 people, including over 7,000 engineers, partner with customers in close to 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS – www.TE.com.
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Investor Relations:Sujal Shah