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Kimball Electronics, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results

  • Quarterly net sales record of $230 million
  • Operating income as a percent of net sales of 5.3%
  • Diluted EPS of $0.28
  • Returned $7.4 million to Share Owners in stock repurchases

JASPER, Ind., Feb. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kimball Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: KE), a leading global electronic manufacturing services provider of high-quality, durable electronic products, today announced financial results for its second quarter ended December 31, 2016. 

  Three Months Ended
  December 31,
(Amounts in Thousands, except EPS)             2016   2015
Net Sales $  230,265     $   207,129  
Operating Income $ 12,241     $ 6,933  
Operating Income % 5.3 %   3.3 %
Net Income $ 7,812     $ 4,564  
Diluted EPS $ 0.28     $ 0.16  

  Six Months Ended
  December 31,
(Amounts in Thousands, except EPS) 2016   2015
Net Sales $  456,716     $  407,547  
Operating Income $ 25,063     $ 13,854  
Adjusted Operating Income (non-GAAP)* $ 21,058     $ 13,991  
Operating Income % 5.5 %   3.4 %
Adjusted Operating Income (non-GAAP) %   4.6 %   3.4 %
Net Income $ 17,934     $ 9,039  
Adjusted Net Income (non-GAAP)* $ 14,510     $ 9,124  
Diluted EPS $ 0.65     $ 0.31  
Adjusted Diluted EPS (non-GAAP)* $ 0.52     $ 0.31  

* A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is included below.

Donald D. Charron, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Continued strength in the automotive market combined with double-digit growth in our industrial end market vertical helped us set a new quarterly sales record for the fourth consecutive quarter.  Our new program launch activity remains high as we continue to work diligently to achieve our goal of $1 billion in annual sales by fiscal year 2018."

Mr. Charron continued, "We made steady progress in our margin improvement efforts and converted well on the strong demand during the quarter; we continue to face margin pressure and have work to do to achieve our goal of 12.5% ROIC.  Margin expansion and capital efficiency will continue to be priorities of focus for us.  This is a pivotal year as we work through another year of significant new program launches, the continued ramp-up of our new Romania operation, and the integration of our Medivative and Aircom acquisitions."

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Overview:

  • Consolidated net sales increased 11% compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, the fourth consecutive quarterly sales record.  Excluding sales from recent acquisitions, consolidated net sales were up 9% from the prior year quarter.
  • The ramp-up of the Company's Romania facility negatively impacted net income by $0.9 million during the quarter compared with the net income impact of $0.7 million from incremental start-up costs in the prior year.
  • Return on invested capital ("ROIC") is 10.7%, which has improved from 7.7% in the prior year (see reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures for ROIC calculation).
  • Cash flow from operating activities was $12.1 million for the quarter.
  • Cash conversion days ("CCD") for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were 59 days, which were unchanged from the same quarter last year.  CCD is calculated as the sum of days sales outstanding plus production days supply on hand less accounts payable days.
  • Investments in capital expenditures were $9.4 million during the quarter.  
  • $7.4 million was returned to Share Owners during the quarter in the form of common stock repurchases.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $42.7 million and borrowings outstanding on credit facilities were $9.0 million at December 31, 2016.

Net Sales by Vertical Market:

  Three Months Ended    
  December 31,    
(Amounts in Millions)   2016   2015    Percent
Automotive $ 96.3     $ 82.6     16 %
Medical 63.4     60.0     6 %
Industrial 48.4     42.8           13 %
Public Safety 15.8     15.9     (1 )%
Other 6.4     5.8     10 %
  Total Net Sales $  230.3     $ 207.1     11 %

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained within this release are considered forward-looking under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, successful integration of acquisitions and new operations, the global economic conditions, significant volume reductions from key contract customers, loss of key customers or suppliers, financial stability of key customers and suppliers, availability or cost of raw materials, and increased competitive pricing pressures reflecting excess industry capacities.  Additional cautionary statements regarding other risk factors that could have an effect on the future performance of the Company are contained in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures.  A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the United States in the statement of income, statement of comprehensive income, balance sheet, statement of cash flows, or statement of equity of the company.  The non-GAAP financial measures contained herein for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 include adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, and ROIC.  These measures were adjusted for spin-off expenses, proceeds from a lawsuit settlement, and a bargain purchase gain.  Reconciliations of the reported GAAP numbers to these non-GAAP financial measures are included in the financial highlights table below.  Management believes it is useful for investors to understand how its core operations performed without the effects of the spin-off expenses, proceeds from the lawsuit settlement, and the bargain purchase gain.  Excluding these amounts allows investors to meaningfully trend, analyze, and benchmark the performance of the Company's core operations.  Many of the Company's internal performance measures that management uses to make certain operating decisions exclude these charges to enable meaningful trending of core operating metrics.

Conference Call / Webcast
Date:   February 2, 2017
Time:   10:00 AM Eastern Time
Dial-In #:   800-992-4934 (International Calls - 937-502-2251)
Conference ID:       47809340

The live webcast of the conference call can be accessed at  For those unable to participate in the live webcast, the call will be archived at

About Kimball Electronics, Inc.
Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball Electronics is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior.  Kimball Electronics employees know they are part of a company culture that builds lasting relationships and global success for customers while enabling employees to share in the Company's success through personal, professional, and financial growth.

Kimball Electronics trades under the symbol "KE" on The NASDAQ Stock Market.  Kimball Electronics is a global contract electronic manufacturing services ("EMS") company that specializes in durable electronics for the medical, automotive, industrial, and public safety end markets.  Kimball Electronics is well recognized by customers and industry trade publications for its excellent quality, reliability, and innovative service.  From its manufacturing operations in the United States, China, Mexico, Poland, Romania, and Thailand, Kimball Electronics provides engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally.  Kimball Electronics is headquartered in Jasper, Indiana.

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Lasting relationships. Global success.

Financial highlights for the second quarter ended December 31, 2016 are as follows:

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income 
(Unaudited) Three Months Ended
(Amounts in Thousands, except Per Share Data)   December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
Net Sales $   230,265     100.0 %   $   207,129     100.0 %
Cost of Sales 209,712     91.1 %   191,014     92.2 %
Gross Profit 20,553     8.9 %   16,115     7.8 %
Selling and Administrative Expenses 8,312     3.6 %   9,182     4.5 %
Operating Income 12,241     5.3 %   6,933     3.3 %
Other Income (Expense), net (1,014 )   (0.4 )%   (588 )   (0.2 )%
Income Before Taxes on Income 11,227     4.9 %   6,345     3.1 %
Provision for Income Taxes 3,415     1.5 %   1,781     0.9 %
Net Income $ 7,812     3.4 %
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