SOURCE: Gentex Corporation

Gentex Corporation

January 28, 2015 08:00 ET

Gentex Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2014 Financial Results

ZEELAND, MI--(Marketwired - Jan 28, 2015) - Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automotive automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, dimmable aircraft windows, and fire protection products, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and calendar year ended December 31, 2014.

For the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company reported net sales of $350.4 million, an increase of 7% compared to net sales of $326.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase was behind the forecast provided at the beginning of the quarter primarily due to end of year inventory adjustments at certain tier-one automotive customers, that are not expected to continue. For calendar year 2014, the Company's net sales increased 17% to $1.38 billion compared to $1.17 billion for calendar year 2013.

The gross profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2014 was 38.4% compared with a gross profit margin of 39.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013, primarily due to higher than expected manufacturing costs related to new technology launches, the Company's inability to leverage fixed overhead costs because of the lower than anticipated sales levels, and annual customer price reductions, which were not fully offset by favorable purchasing cost reductions and improvements in product mix. The gross profit margin for calendar year 2014 was 39.2%, compared with a gross profit margin of 36.8% for calendar year 2013, primarily due to favorable shifts in product mix, the impact of the HomeLink® acquisition and purchasing cost reductions, which were partially offset by annual customer price reductions.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $71.0 million, up 2% compared with net income of $69.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Net income in calendar year 2014 was $288.6 million, up 29% compared with net income of $222.9 million in calendar year 2013.

After adjusting for the stock split, earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $0.24, compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.24 in the fourth quarter of 2013. Earnings per diluted share were $0.98 for calendar year 2014, compared with $0.77 for calendar year 2013. Automotive electrochromic mirror unit shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 9% compared with the fourth quarter of 2013 and for calendar year 2014 increased 11% compared to calendar year 2013, primarily due to increased unit shipments of both the Company's interior and exterior auto-dimming rearview mirrors in all of the Company's primary markets. Automotive net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $342.4 million, up 7% compared with $320.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and for calendar year 2014 were $1.34 billion, up 17% compared with $1.14 billion in calendar year 2013.

Other net sales, which include dimmable aircraft windows and fire protection products, were $8.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 24% compared with $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and for calendar year 2014 were $35.4 million, up 27% compared with $27.9 million in calendar year 2013.

"It's an exciting time for Gentex as we introduce new innovative products and processes into manufacturing and expand our capabilities for future growth," said Gentex Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Fred Bauer. "However, occasionally with product innovation comes complexity. In the fourth quarter, we saw some of the challenges of that increased complexity manifest itself in the form of increased manufacturing costs. But, given our culture of performing in challenging environments, and history of simplifying the complex, we remain confident in our ability to perform in calendar year 2015," continued Bauer.

Other Items
In December 2014, the Company completed the previously announced two-for-one stock split, effected in the form of a 100% common stock dividend, entitling each shareholder of record to receive one additional share of common stock for each outstanding share of the Company's common stock, par value $0.06 per share. This stock dividend was issued on December 31, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2014. All share and per-share items represented in this press release (including the financial statements) reflect the two-for-one stock split.

In addition, the Company repurchased approximately 1.1 million shares of its common stock during the fourth quarter of 2014 for a total cost of $20 million. For the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company repurchased approximately 1.8 million shares of its common stock for a total cost of $30 million. The Company may, in the future, repurchase additional shares of its common stock, depending on macroeconomic issues, market trends and other factors that the Company deems appropriate with the shares that remain available from our previously announced share repurchase plan.

Future Estimates
The Company's forecasts for light vehicle production for calendar year 2015 are based on the IHS Automotive January 2015 forecast for light vehicle production in North America, Europe, Japan and Korea. Based on the following light vehicle production forecasts, the Company is also giving 2015 annual guidance below:

Light Vehicle Production (per IHS Automotive January light vehicle production forecast)
(in Millions)
Region   Calendar Year 2015   Calendar Year 2014   % Change
North America   17.4   17.0   2 %
Europe   20.0   20.1   -- %
Japan and Korea   13.2   13.7   (4 )%
Total Light Vehicle Production   50.6   50.8   -- %
2015 Guidance
Net Sales   $1.47 - 1.54 billion
Gross Margin   38.5% - 39.5%
Operating Expenses (E, R&D and S, G&A)   $150 - $157 million
Tax Rate   31.5% - 32.5%
Capital Expenditures   $95 - $105 million
Depreciation & Amortization   $85 - $90 million

"Despite what looks to be another challenging year in 2015, with flat light vehicle production in our primary markets, the Company is poised to continue our trend of strong growth relative to the market, along with sustained profitability, and as always continued focus on re-investing in the Company for the future," affirmed Bauer.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements contained in this communication that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give the Company's current expectations or forecasts of future events. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "goal", "hope", "may", "plan", "project", "will", and variations of such words and similar expressions. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond the Company's control, and could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those described. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, changes in general industry or regional market conditions; changes in consumer and customer preferences for our products; our ability to be awarded new business; continued uncertainty in pricing negotiations with customers; loss of business from increased competition; customer bankruptcies or divestiture of customer brands; fluctuation in vehicle production schedules; changes in product mix; raw material shortages; higher raw material, fuel, energy and other costs; unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates in the regions in which we operate; costs or difficulties related to the integration of any new or acquired technologies and businesses; changes in regulatory conditions; warranty and recall claims and other litigation and customer reactions thereto; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; negative impact of any governmental investigations and associated litigations including securities litigations relating to the conduct of our business; integration of the newly acquired HomeLink business operations; retention of the newly acquired customers of the HomeLink business; and expansion of product offerings including those incorporating HomeLink technology. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law or the rules of the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement should be read in conjunction with the additional information about risks and uncertainties identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's latest Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Fourth Quarter Conference Call
A conference call related to this news release will be simulcast live on the Internet beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT today, January 28, 2015. To access that call, go to and select the "Audio Webcast" icon on the right side of the page. Other conference calls hosted by the Company will also be available at that site in the future.

About The Company
Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. Visit the Company's web site at

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Twelve Months ended
December 31,
    2014   2013   %
  2014   2013   %
North American Interior Mirrors   2,053   1,961   5 %   8,201   7,858   4 %
North American Exterior Mirrors   652   548   19 %   2,443   2,179   12 %
  Total North American Mirror Units   2,705   2,509   8 %   10,644   10,038   6 %
International Interior Mirrors   3,249   2,987   9 %   13,028   11,493   13 %
International Exterior Mirrors   1,347   1,180   14 %   5,368   4,673   15 %
  Total International Mirror Units   4,596   4,167   10 %   18,396   16,167   14 %
Total Interior Mirrors   5,303   4,948   7 %   21,228   19,351   10 %
Total Exterior Mirrors   1,998   1,728   16 %   7,812   6,853   14 %
  Total Auto-Dimming Mirror Units   7,301   6,676   9 %   29,040   26,204   11 %
Note: Percent change and amounts may not total due to rounding.
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months ended December 31,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
Net Sales   $ 350,410,939   $ 326,769,678   $ 1,375,501,159   $ 1,171,864,171
  Cost of Goods Sold     215,737,971     198,075,383     836,611,464     741,131,269
    Gross profit     134,672,968     128,694,295     538,889,695     430,732,902
  Engineering, Research & Development     21,780,497     19,840,611     84,175,738     76,495,051
  Selling, General & Administrative     14,277,108     13,218,027     55,879,783     49,496,038
  Income from operations     98,615,363     95,635,657     398,834,174     304,741,813
  Other Income     5,404,427     8,502,281     16,492,316     23,322,230
Income before Income Taxes     104,019,790     104,137,938     415,326,490     328,064,043
Provision for Income Taxes     33,044,911     34,256,914     126,721,911     105,134,094
Net Income   $ 70,974,879   $ 69,881,024   $ 288,604,579   $ 222,929,949
Earnings Per Share                        
  Basic   $ 0.24   $ 0.24   $ 0.99   $ 0.78
  Diluted   $ 0.24   $ 0.24   $ 0.98   $ 0.77
Weighted Average Shares                        
  Basic     292,742,146     288,689,658     290,952,123     286,920,036
  Diluted     296,163,669     291,513,618     294,299,359     288,548,342
Cash Dividends Declared per Share   $ 0.08   $ 0.07   $ 0.31   $ 0.28
    December 31, 2014   December 31, 2013
Cash and Short Term Investments   $ 497,430,825   $ 309,591,724
Other Current Assets     359,206,869     291,594,518
Total Current Assets     856,637,694     601,186,242
Plant and Equipment - Net     373,390,992     357,021,225
Goodwill     307,365,845     307,365,845
Long-Term Investments     114,642,567     107,005,522
Intangible Assets     346,875,000     366,175,000
Patents and Other Assets     23,627,931     25,334,600
Total Other Assets     792,511,343     805,880,967
Total Assets   $ 2,022,540,029   $ 1,764,088,434
Current Liabilities   $ 133,431,163   $ 119,980,414
Long-Term Debt     258,125,000     265,625,000
Deferred Income Taxes     59,571,421     50,879,337
Shareholders' Investment     1,571,412,445     1,327,603,683
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Investment   $ 2,022,540,029   $ 1,764,088,434

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