SOURCE: Sun Hydraulics Corporation

Sun Hydraulics Corporation

November 07, 2016 16:55 ET

Sun Hydraulics Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results

SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwired - Nov 7, 2016) - Sun Hydraulics Corporation (NASDAQ: SNHY) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2016 as follows:

(Dollars in millions except net income per share) 

    October 1,   September 26,      
    2016   2015   Increase/Decrease  
Three Months Ended                  
Net sales   $ 45.2   $ 48.0   (6 )%
Net income   $ 5.0   $ 8.4   (41 )%
Net income per share:                  
  Basic   $ 0.19   $ 0.32   (41 )%
  Diluted   $ 0.19   $ 0.32   (41 )%
Nine Months Ended                  
Net sales   $ 147.1   $ 156.4   (6 )%
Net income   $ 20.2   $ 28.0   (27 )%
Net income per share:                  
  Basic   $ 0.75   $ 1.05   (29 )%
  Diluted   $ 0.75   $ 1.05   (29 )%

"Third quarter sales were slightly below expectations," reported Wolfgang Dangel, Sun's President and CEO. "Overall, global demand declined 6% due to persistent headwinds. Sluggish end markets continued to strain demand in the Americas and Europe as both experienced a 10% decline, while Asia Pacific remained a bright spot, up more than 12% for the quarter. Our sales and marketing investments in this region are having significant influence on our ability to win new customers and expand our market share. A strong U.S dollar adversely affected EPS by $0.02; however it was still within our expected range." 

"Coming out of Q3, October order rates are encouraging," added Dangel. "Leading indicators are supportive of positive momentum in 2017. We remain focused on exceeding customer expectations, growing our global presence, and delivering strong financial results. Operationally, lean initiatives are taking shape and will drive profitability once fully implemented. Sales and marketing efforts are ramping up regionally providing us with better opportunities to address our customers' needs and drive growth."

Dangel continued, "Over the last year we have been further developing and refining the strategic vision of the Company. Our long term vision is focused on growth and reaching critical mass of $1 billion in sales by 2025. We expect half to be organic and the remainder to be derived from acquisitions within the industrial goods sector. All growth initiatives are intended to preserve Sun's history of superior profitability and financial strength."

"Acting on our long-term vision, earlier today we announced our intent to acquire Enovation Controls' Vehicle Technology and Power Controls lines of business," stated Dangel (11/7/16 Press Release). "We are excited about acquiring this innovative and highly successful company. Like Sun, Enovation designs and manufactures premium products for systems requiring superior performance and reliability. Enovation's electronic controls provide a valuable diversification to Sun's historical markets."

Concluding, Dangel remarked, "We have our eye on 2017 and the opportunities we see for growth both organically and through acquisition. The initiatives we started this year will continue into next year and drive our effort to take market share and create new opportunities for our products. Our focus remains on creating lasting value for all of Sun's stakeholders."


Please note: Fourth quarter estimates exclude any impact related to financial consolidation for the acquisition of Enovation Controls.

Fourth quarter 2016 revenues are expected to be approximately $46 million, up 4% from the fourth quarter of 2015. Earnings per share are estimated to be $0.13 to $0.15, compared to $0.19 in the same period a year ago, and contains several non-recurring items noted below which will decrease EPS for Q4 2016.

  • M&A activity expenses, including professional fees associated with the acquisition of Enovation Controls of approximately $0.05. 
  • Global sales and marketing expenses of approximately $0.02. 
  • CEO transition expenses of approximately $0.01 (transition costs will continue to reduce earnings through the first quarter of 2017).
  • Currency is not expected to have a substantial impact on earnings per share in fourth quarter estimates.

For the year, revenues are expected to be approximately $193 million, down 4% from the prior year. Earnings per share are estimated to be $0.88 to $0.90 compared to earnings per share of $1.24 in the prior year.


Sun Hydraulics Corporation will broadcast its 2016 third quarter financial results conference call, including discussion surrounding the Enovation Controls acquisition and related financial data, live over the Internet at 9:00 A.M. E.T. tomorrow, November 8, 2016. To listen to the webcast, go to the Investor Relations section of

Webcast Q&A

If an individual wishes to ask questions directly during the webcast, the conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-264-8893 and using 9833886 as the access code. Questions also may be submitted to the Company via email by going to the Sun Hydraulics website,, and clicking on Investor Relations on the top menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on contact email:, which will open an email window to type in your message. Sun leadership will then answer these and other questions during the Company's webcast. A copy of this earnings release is posted on the Investor Relations page of our website under "Press Releases."

About Sun

Sun Hydraulics Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves, manifolds and integrated package solutions for worldwide industrial and mobile markets. For more information about Sun, please visit our website at


This presentation and oral statements made by management in connection herewith that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. They include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations, estimates or projections of the Company, its Directors or its Officers about the Company and the industry in which it operates, and assumptions made by management, and include among other items, (i) the Company's strategies regarding growth, including its intention to develop new products and make acquisitions; (ii) the Company's financing plans; (iii) trends affecting the Company's financial condition or results of operations; (iv) the Company's ability to continue to control costs and to meet its liquidity and other financing needs; (v) the declaration and payment of dividends; and (vi) the Company's ability to respond to changes in customer demand domestically and internationally, including as a result of standardization. Although the Company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the anticipated results will occur.

Important factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other items, (i) the economic cyclicality of the capital goods industry in general and the hydraulic valve and manifold industry in particular, which directly affect customer orders, lead times and sales volume; (ii) fluctuations in global business conditions, including the impact of economic recessions in the U.S. and other parts of the world, (iii) conditions in the capital markets, including the interest rate environment and the availability of capital; (iv) changes in the competitive marketplace that could affect the Company's revenue and/or costs, such as increased competition, lack of qualified engineering, marketing, management or other personnel, and increased labor and raw materials costs; (v) risks related to the integration of the businesses of the Company and Enovation Controls; (vi) changes in technology or customer requirements, such as standardization of the cavity into which screw-in cartridge valves must fit, which could render the Company's products or technologies noncompetitive or obsolete; (vii) new product introductions, product sales mix and the geographic mix of sales nationally and internationally; and (viii) changes relating to the Company's international sales, including changes in regulatory requirements or tariffs, trade or currency restrictions, fluctuations in exchange rates, and tax and collection issues. Further information relating to factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated is included but not limited to information under the headings Item 1. "Business," and Item 1A. "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended January 2, 2016, and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations" in this Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 1, 2016. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(in thousands except per share data)  
    Three months ended  
    October 1, 2016     September 26, 2015  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Net sales   $ 45,232     $ 48,036  
Cost of sales     29,692       29,536  
Gross profit     15,540       18,500  
Selling, engineering and administrative expenses     8,297       7,463  
Operating income     7,243       11,037  
Interest (income) expense, net     (298 )     (361 )
Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss, net     (46 )     (140 )
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net     30       (1,005 )
Income before income taxes     7,557       12,543  
Income tax provision     2,568       4,133  
Net income   $ 4,989     $ 8,410  
Basic net income per common share   $ 0.19     $ 0.32  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding     26,923       26,695  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 0.19     $ 0.32  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding     26,923       26,695  
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.090     $ 0.090  
    Nine months ended  
    October 1, 2016     September 26, 2015  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Net sales   $ 147,069     $ 156,438  
Cost of sales     93,035       95,140  
Gross profit     54,034       61,298  
Selling, engineering and administrative expenses     24,461       22,077  
Operating income     29,573       39,221  
Interest (income) expense, net     (1,056 )     (1,021 )
Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss, net     (311 )     (839 )
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net     594       (793 )
Income before income taxes     30,346       41,874  
Income tax provision     10,160       13,839  
Net income   $ 20,186     $ 28,035  
Basic net income per common share   $ 0.75     $ 1.05  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding     26,879       26,662  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 0.75     $ 1.05  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding     26,879       26,662  
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.310     $ 0.360  
(in thousands except per share data)  
    October 1, 2016     January 2, 2016  
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 110,022     $ 81,932  
  Restricted cash     39       44  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $163 and $184     17,701       13,531  
  Inventories     12,530       13,047  
  Income taxes receivable     509       123  
  Deferred income taxes     469       460  
  Short-term investments     33,858       44,174  
  Other current assets     3,397       3,707  
  Total current assets     178,525       157,018  
Property, plant and equipment, net     71,235       74,121  
Goodwill     4,912       4,988  
Other assets     6,830       5,413  
  Total assets   $ 261,502     $ 241,540  
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 5,536     $ 4,422  
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities     5,203       4,849  
  Dividends payable     2,424       2,411  
  Total current liabilities     13,163       11,682  
Deferred income taxes     8,919       7,411  
Other noncurrent liabilities     -       260  
  Total liabilities     22,082       19,353  
Commitments and contingencies     -       -  
Shareholders' equity:                
  Preferred stock, 2,000,000 shares authorized, par value $0.001, no shares outstanding     -       -  
  Common stock, 50,000,000 shares authorized, par value $0.001, 26,925,940 and 26,786,518 shares outstanding     27       27  
  Capital in excess of par value     88,664       82,265  
  Retained earnings     161,791       149,938  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (11,062 )     (10,043 )
  Total shareholders' equity     239,420       222,187  
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 261,502     $ 241,540  
(in thousands)  
    Nine months ended  
    October 1, 2016     September 26, 2015  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net income   $ 20,186     $ 28,035  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     7,550       7,054  
(Gain)Loss on disposal of assets     316       (1,086 )
Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes     998       100  
Allowance for doubtful accounts     (21 )     (14 )
Stock-based compensation expense     3,890       2,975  
(Increase) decrease in:                
  Accounts receivable     (4,149 )     641  
  Inventories     517       2,341  
  Income taxes receivable     (386 )     -  
  Other current assets     310       (48 )
  Other assets     (773 )     435  
Increase (decrease) in:                
  Accounts payable     1,114       156  
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities     2,033       914  
  Income taxes payable     -       (443 )
  Other noncurrent liabilities     (260 )     (20 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     31,325       41,040  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Investment in licensed technology     (850 )     (1,425 )
Capital expenditures     (4,507 )     (4,697 )
Proceeds from dispositions of equipment     2       1,645  
Purchases of short-term investments     (24,699 )     (20,666 )
Proceeds from sale of short-term investments     35,389       17,459  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     5,335       (7,684 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from stock issued     830       772  
Dividends to shareholders     (8,321 )     (9,596 )
Change in restricted cash     5       21  
Net cash used in financing activities     (7,486 )     (8,803 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (1,084 )     (4,781 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     28,090       19,772  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     81,932       56,843  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 110,022     $ 76,615  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:                
Cash paid:                
  Income taxes   $ 9,047       14,575  
Supplemental disclosure of noncash transactions:                
Common stock issued for shared distribution through accrued expenses and other liabilities   $ 1,679       3,535