Pulse Electronics Corporation Reports First Quarter Results
Continued Growth in Wireless; Progress in Delevering Actions
Pulse Electronics Corporation (NYSE:PULS), a leading provider of electronic components, today reported results for its first quarter ended March 30, 2012.
First Quarter Highlights
- Net sales were $94.1 million, up 6.9 percent from $88.0 million in the prior-year quarter, and up 4.0 percent from $90.5 million in the fourth quarter.
- Operating loss (U.S. GAAP) was $2.1 million compared with a loss of $10.3 million in the prior-year quarter and a loss of $2.7 million in the fourth quarter.
- Non-GAAP operating loss was $0.2 million, compared with a non-GAAP loss of $2.9 million in the prior-year quarter and a non-GAAP loss of $0.9 million in the fourth quarter. (See Schedule A for a reconciliation of U.S. GAAP results to non-GAAP measures.)
- Wireless segment sales increased 74.2 percent from the prior-year quarter with significantly improved gross profit margin.
“Overall, our performance was well within guidance this quarter,” said Pulse Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Faison. “Non-GAAP operating loss was within our guidance on revenue that was slightly above the range of our guidance, which was a good result as the overall industry weakness we saw in our network and power segments in the second half of 2011 continued into the first part of this quarter. Our wireless business continued to grow and improved its gross margins as some ramp up costs ended and efficiency improved.”
“On our efforts to delever, we now have a combination of closed transactions, letters of intent on asset sales, and a commitment letter for new financing, which if completed will exceed the approximately $55 million necessary to fully retire our outstanding credit facility. While we cannot confirm the timing or results of any individual transaction due to the uncertainty inherent in these matters, the asset values offered by potential buyers are acceptable to us and the transactions are proceeding on a reasonable schedule. We are highly motivated to close the transactions by June 28 and, importantly, not all of the contemplated transactions need to be closed in order to complete our refinancing by that date,” said Mr. Faison.
First Quarter Operating Performance
Net sales were $94.1 million compared with $88.0 million in the prior-year quarter due to higher wireless sales as sales to new antenna customers continue to increase, partially offset by ongoing industry pressure and typical lower first quarter seasonality which constrained demand for network products into the beginning of the quarter. Sequentially, net sales increased 4.0 percent compared with fourth quarter net sales of $90.5 million on higher power and wireless sales.
Cost of sales increased 8.8 percent to $75.7 million from $69.6 million in the prior-year quarter. The company’s gross profit margin was 19.5 percent compared with 20.9 percent in the prior-year quarter and 19.1 percent in the fourth quarter. The lower gross margin compared to the prior year reflects higher labor costs, lower pricing and volumes for network and power products, and ramp up costs and inefficiencies associated with the growth in wireless. Compared to the fourth quarter, gross profit margin increased mainly due to improved efficiencies and lower ramp-up costs in wireless.
Operating expenses decreased 11.8 percent to $19.0 million from $21.5 million in the first quarter of 2011. The decrease in spending was due to aggressive expense reduction actions and sustained scrutiny over all discretionary spending.
Operating loss (U.S. GAAP) was $2.1 million compared with a loss of $10.3 million in the prior-year quarter. Non-GAAP operating loss was $0.2 million compared with $2.9 million in the prior-year quarter. The operating loss (U.S. GAAP) included $1.5 million for severance, impairment and associated costs.
Pulse Electronics Corporation
Drew A. Moyer
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
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