Littelfuse veröffentlicht die Ergebnisse des vierten Quartals und das Gesamtjahresergebnis für 2018

CHICAGO, 30. Januar 2019Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFUS), a global manufacturer of leading technologies in circuit protection, power control and sensing, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 29, 2018:

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Net sales were $402.3 million, up 32% versus the prior year period. Organic revenue growth was 4%
  • Growth by segment versus the prior year:
    • Electronics sales increased 62% (up 7% organically)
    • Automotive sales decreased 3% on global auto production decline of 4% (down 1% organically)
    • Industrial sales decreased 3% due to the exit of the Custom business in 2018 (up 11% organically)
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $1.29, up from a loss of $0.48 in the prior year, and includes $14.7 million of after-tax charges primarily related to certain purchase accounting adjustments and integration costs for the IXYS business, and non-operating foreign exchange losses
  • Adjusted diluted EPS of $1.87 increased 3% over the prior year
  • GAAP effective tax rate was 17.9% and the adjusted effective tax rate was 14.6%
  • Cash flow from operations was $79.7 million and free cash flow was $60.9 million
  • During the fourth quarter and as of 29. Januar 2019, the company repurchased approximately 392,000 and 67,000 shares of common stock, respectively, under its share repurchase authorization

Full Year 2018 Highlights

  • Net sales were $1.72 billion, up 41% versus the prior year period, and up 8% organically
  • Growth by segment versus the prior year:
    • Electronics sales increased 70% (up 11% organically)
    • Automotive sales increased 6% on a small decline in global auto production (up 4% organically)
    • Industrial sales increased 8% (up 13% organically)
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $6.52, up 25% versus the prior year
  • Adjusted diluted EPS of $9.44 increased 22% versus the prior year
  • GAAP effective tax rate was 19.7% and the adjusted effective tax rate was 18.9%
  • Cash flow from operations was $331.8 million and free cash flow was $257.0 million, both records for the company

“2018 was an exceptional year for us," said  Dave HeinzmannLittelfuse Chief Executive Officer. "Full year organic sales growth of 8% and adjusted EPS growth of 22% reflects the strong execution of our strategy despite softening demand during the fourth quarter. During the year, we made significant progress integrating the company's largest acquisition, IXYS Corporation, and are seeing the benefits of our expanded portfolio and combined global teams. Across our segments, we captured many strategic wins in our target end markets. We remain confident that our leading technologies, global footprint, close customer relationships, and talented associates position us for continued content growth in excess of the markets we serve."

For the first quarter of 2019*:

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $404 to $416 million, down 2% on an as reported basis and down 4% organically, at the midpoint versus the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.86 to $2.00
  • Adjusted effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 19% - 21%

For the 2019 full year*:

  • Adjusted effective tax rate is expected to be in the range of 18% - 20%
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $90 - $95 million

*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

The company will pay a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.43 per share on March 7, 2019 to shareholders of record as of February 21, 2019.

Konferenzgespräch- und Webcast-Information

Littelfuse will host a conference call today, Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the results. The call will be broadcast live and available for replay at Littelfuse.com.

Über Littelfuse

Littelfuse (NASDAQ: LFUS) is a global manufacturer of leading technologies in circuit protection, power control and sensing. Sold in over 150 countries, our products are found in automotive and commercial vehicles, industrial applications, data and telecommunications, medical devices, consumer electronics and appliances. Our 12,000 worldwide associates partner with customers to design, manufacture and deliver innovative, high-quality solutions, for a safer, greener and increasingly connected world - everywhere, every day. Learn more at Littelfuse.com.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The information included in this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measures of organic revenue growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted effective tax rate and free cash flow. 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 revenue growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, 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 free cash flow is a useful measure of its ability to generate cash. 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.