SOURCE: IEC Electronics

IEC Electronics

August 10, 2016 08:30 ET

IEC Announces Improved Profitability in Fiscal Third Quarter

NEWARK, NY--(Marketwired - August 10, 2016) -

  • Gross Profit Margin Improves to 16.8%
  • Net Income of $1.6 Million with EPS of $0.16
  • Net Debt Reduction of $4.7 Million

IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE MKT: IEC) today announced results for the fiscal third quarter and nine months ended July 1, 2016.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded net sales of $32.5 million, essentially flat as compared to net sales of $32.6 million in the third quarter of the last fiscal year. Gross profit margin for the third quarter grew to 16.8% compared to 14.4% in the same quarter last year. Selling and administrative expenses (excluding restatement and related expenses), decreased to $3.5 million or 10.7% of sales as compared to $3.7 million or 11.3% of sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Net income for the quarter was $1.6 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to a net loss of $4.0 million, or a loss of $0.39 per share, in the prior year period. The Company incurred a loss on discontinued operations of $4.4 million in the third quarter 2015 related to its divestiture of its subsidiary Southern California Braiding ("SCB"). IEC reduced net debt by $4.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. In addition, IEC reduced net inventory by $5.6 million compared to inventory levels at year end 2015 and by $3.8 million compared to the second quarter of 2016.

Revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 increased 5.9% to $98.6 million as compared to $93.1 million in the same period of fiscal 2015. Gross profit margin for the first nine months of 2016 grew to 17.3% as compared to 11.9% in the first nine months of 2015. Selling and administrative expenses (excluding restatement and related expenses), decreased to $11.2 million or 11.4% of sales as compared to $13.3 million or 14.2% of sales in the first nine months of fiscal 2015. Net income for the first nine months of 2016 was $4.6 million, or $0.45 per share, compared to a net loss of $10.3 million, or a loss of $1.03 per share, in the same prior year period.

During the quarter, IEC announced that it has been awarded a three-year, $10.2 million contract from a Tier 2 Department of Defense Supplier in support of digital tactical networking and voice communication equipment for U.S. aircraft, ground vehicles, and surface warships. The Company expects production to commence in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Additionally, subsequent to the close of the third quarter, the Company announced that it has received a one-year, $3.7 million contract from a strategic aerospace & defense customer. IEC will manufacture guided missile firing system components that are utilized by a top US Government prime contractor. The program will be fulfilled at IEC's Albuquerque facility, leveraging IEC's vertically integrated manufacturing services including advanced test engineering and specialized processes for mission critical applications.

Jeffrey T. Schlarbaum, President & CEO of IEC Electronics commented, "We're pleased to have delivered solid third quarter results that reflect improved profitability and consistent margin performance. During the quarter we further strengthened our balance sheet, significantly reducing both our long term debt and our inventory position and driving improved cash flow. Our results demonstrate our focused execution of the operational strategies we put into place eighteen months ago.

"Our initial priorities of improving our operations and regaining the confidence of our existing customers have rebuilt a solid platform, so that we may now enhance our focus on our long-term organic growth. We recently announced two new contract awards from existing customers and our ability to provide specialized engineering and manufacturing solutions that enable the production of life-saving and mission critical products is expanding our reach in the marketplace. With our operational improvements well underway, and the reestablishment of a solid balance sheet, we believe we have secured a foundation that will enable us to leverage our expertise working within complex, highly regulated markets. With our unique capabilities providing specialized engineering and manufacturing solutions, we believe we are well positioned to broaden our customer base and drive future growth," Mr. Schlarbaum concluded.

Conference Call:

IEC will host a conference call, today, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its financial results for the fiscal third quarter and nine months ended July 1, 2016.

The conference call may be accessed in the U.S. and Canada by dialing toll-free (877) 407-9210. International callers may access the call by dialing (201) 689-8049.

A replay of the teleconference will be available for 30 days after the call and may be accessed domestically by dialing (877) 660-6853 and international callers may dial (201) 612-7415. Callers must enter conference i.d. number 13641972.

To access the live webcast, log onto the IEC website at The webcast can also be accessed at An online replay will be available shortly after the call.

About IEC Electronics

IEC Electronics provides electronic manufacturing services ("EMS") to advanced technology companies that produce life-saving and mission critical products for the medical, industrial, aerospace and defense sectors. The Company specializes in delivering technical solutions for the custom manufacture of complex full system assemblies by providing on-site analytical testing laboratories, custom design and test engineering services combined with a broad array of manufacturing services encompassing electronics, interconnect solutions, and precision metalworking. As a full service EMS provider, IEC holds all appropriate certifications for the market sectors it supports including ISO 9001:2008, AS9100C, ISO 13485, Nadcap and IPC QML. IEC Electronics is headquartered in Newark, NY and also has operations in Rochester, NY and Albuquerque, NM. Additional information about IEC can be found on its web site at

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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JULY 1, 2016 and SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
   July 1,
 September 30,
Current assets:        
 Cash  $ 603    $ 407  
 Accounts receivable, net of allowance   19,098     24,923  
 Inventories, net   20,113     25,753  
 Other current assets   1,340     1,444  
Total current assets   41,154     52,527  
Fixed assets, net   15,231     15,443  
Intangible assets, net   105     134  
Goodwill   101     101  
Deferred income taxes   3     -  
Other long term assets   268     57  
Total assets  $ 56,862    $ 68,262  
Current liabilities:        
 Current portion of long-term debt  $ 2,665    $ 2,908  
 Accounts payable   13,616     18,336  
 Accrued payroll and related expenses   3,638     2,338  
 Other accrued expenses   662     1,318  
 Customer deposits   3,186     5,761  
Total current liabilities   23,767     30,661  
Long-term debt   18,943     28,323  
Other long-term liabilities   583     590  
Total liabilities   43,293     59,574  
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: 500,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding   -     -  
Common stock, $0.01 par value:        
 Authorized: 50,000,000 shares        
Issued: 11,329,891 and 11,232,017 shares, respectively        
 Outstanding: 10,274,403 and 10,196,145 shares, respectively   113     112  
Additional paid-in capital   46,175     45,845  
Retained earnings/(accumulated deficit)   (31,130 )   (35,740 )
Treasury stock, at cost: 1,055,488 and 1,035,872 shares, respectively   (1,589 )   (1,529 )
Total stockholders' equity   13,569     8,688  
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 56,862    $ 68,262  
THREE and NINE MONTHS ENDED JULY 1, 2016 and JUNE 26, 2015
(unaudited; in thousands, except share and per share data)
   Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
   July 1,
 June 26,
 July 1,
 June 26,
Net sales  $ 32,508    $ 32,577    $ 98,590    $ 93,061  
Cost of sales   27,045     27,888     81,573     81,944  
 Gross profit   $ 5,463     $ 4,689    $ 17,017    $ 11,117  
Selling and administrative expenses   3,463     3,689     11,218     13,255  
Restatement and related expenses   12     312     4     953  
 Operating profit/(loss)   1,988     688     5,795     (3,091 )
Interest and financing expense   389     316     1,191     1,516  
 Income/(loss) from continuing operations before income taxes   1,599     372     4,604     (4,607 )
Provision for/(benefit from) income taxes   (6 )   (4 )   (6 )   (4 )
Income/(loss) from continuing operations   1,605     376     4,610     (4,603 )
Loss on discontinued operations, net   -     (4,392 )   -     (5,745 )
 Net income/(loss)  $ 1,605    $ (4,016 )  $ 4,610    $ (10,348 )
Basic net income/(loss) per common and common equivalent share:
 Earnings/(loss) from continuing operations  $ 0.16    $ 0.04    $ 0.45    $ (0.46 )
 Earnings/(loss) from discontinued operations  $-    $(0.43 )  $ -    $ (0.57 )
 Net earnings/loss  $ 0.16    $ (0.39 )  $ 0.45    $ (1.03 )
 Diluted net income/(loss) per common and common equivalent share:                
 Earnings/(loss) from continuing operations  $ 0.16    $ 0.04    $ 0.45    $ (0.46 )
 Earnings/(loss) from discontinued operations   -     (0.43 )   -     (0.57 )
 Net earnings/loss  $ 0.16    $ (0.39 )  $ 0.45    $ (1.03 )
 Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:                
 Basic   10,211,347     10,199,431     10,210,805     10,049,395  
 Diluted   10,211,347     10,199,431     10,210,805     10,049,395  

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