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Richardson Electronics Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Profit and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

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LAFOX, Ill., April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (NASDAQ:RELL) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended March 3, 2018. The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a $0.06 per share quarterly cash dividend.

Third Quarter Results

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 28.9% to $41.6 million compared to net sales of $32.3 million in the prior year's third quarter. Sales increased $7.1 million for PMT and $2.7 million for Canvys. PMT sales were higher in power conversion and RF and microwave components, industrial power grid tubes and specialty products sold into the semiconductor wafer fabrication capital equipment market. Sales increased for Canvys due to new program wins and higher overall demand across both the U.S. and Europe. Sales decreased for Richardson Healthcare by $0.5 million due to the sale of the PACS Display business at the end of fiscal 2017, partially offset by higher equipment and certified pre-owned CT Tube sales.

Gross margin increased to $14.1 million, or 33.8% of net sales during the third quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $10.7 million, or 33.1% of net sales during the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Margin increased as a percent of net sales primarily due to an improved product mix in both PMT and Canvys.

Operating expenses were $13.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $12.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Operating expenses increased due to additional compensation and other expenses primarily related to the increase in net sales as well as higher research and development and other expenses for Richardson Healthcare. Operating expenses as a percent of net sales decreased to 31.4% in the current quarter from 37.1% last year.

As a result, the company reported $1.0 million of operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to an operating loss of $1.3 million in the prior year's third quarter. Other income for the third quarter of fiscal 2018, primarily interest income, was less than $0.1 million, compared to other expense of $0.1 million, primarily a foreign exchange loss, for the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

The income tax provision of $0.5 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2018 reflected a provision for foreign income taxes based on the current quarter's geographical distribution of income, adjustments from foreign income tax returns recently filed and no U.S. tax benefit due to the valuation allowance recorded against the net operating loss. During the third quarter of fiscal 2018, the company calculated its estimated tax liability as a result of the recently enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The $11.2 million liability was entirely offset by newly generated foreign tax credits and foreign tax credit carryforwards. In addition, the company wrote-down $1.6 million of its net operating loss carryforwards and other deferred tax assets against the valuation allowance due to the reduction in the federal tax rate.

Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $0.5 million compared to a net loss of $1.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY – NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 3, 2018

  • Net sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 were $117.7 million, an increase of 18.3%, compared to net sales of $99.5 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Sales increased by $15.7 million for PMT and $5.2 million for Canvys. These increases were partially offset by a $2.7 million decrease for Richardson Healthcare, which was due to the divestiture of the PACS Display business at the end of fiscal 2017.
  • Gross profit increased to $39.6 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2018, compared to $31.9 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2017. In addition, as a percentage of net sales, gross margin increased to 33.6% of net sales during the first nine months of fiscal 2018, compared to 32.1% of net sales during the first nine months of fiscal 2017, mostly as a result of an improved product mix.
  • Operating expenses increased to $38.0 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2018, compared to $37.7 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2017. The increase was due to additional compensation and other expenses mostly related to the higher net sales as well as increased research and development and other expenses for Richardson Healthcare. These increases were partially offset by the $1.3 million in severance expense associated with the reduction in work force during the second quarter of fiscal 2017.
  • Operating income during the first nine months of fiscal 2018 was $1.8 million, compared to an operating loss of $5.8 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2017.
  • Other expense for the first nine months of fiscal 2018, including foreign exchange, was $0.1 million, compared to other expense of $0.2 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2017.
  • The income tax provision of $1.1 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2018 reflected a provision for foreign income taxes, additional tax due from an audit in Germany and no U.S. tax benefit due to the valuation allowance recorded against the net operating loss. The tax provision of $0.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2017 included a provision for foreign income taxes, additional tax due from an audit in France and no U.S. tax benefit due to the valuation allowance recorded against the net operating loss.
  • Income from continuing operations for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 was $0.6 million, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $6.8 million in the first nine months of 2017. In addition, during the second quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company received an income tax refund from the State of Illinois, inclusive of interest and net of professional fees, of $1.5 million. This refund was a result of the conclusion of the Illinois amended return related to the sale of RFPD in 2011 and was therefore, classified as income from discontinued operations.
  • Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 was $2.1 million, compared to a net loss of $6.8 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2017.

CASH DIVIDEND

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a $0.06 quarterly dividend per share to holders of common stock and a $0.054 cash dividend per share to holders of Class B common stock. The dividend will be payable on May 24, 2018, to common stockholders of record on May 9, 2018.

Cash and investments at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2018 were $60.1 million compared to $59.3 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018 and $60.2 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2017. During the third quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company did not repurchase any shares of its common stock under the existing share repurchase authorization. Since the sale of RFPD, the Company has spent $65.6 million on share repurchases, nearly $20.0 million on acquisitions, approximately $22.5 million on dividends and $8.8 million on purchases of Richardson Healthcare equipment. Currently, there are 10.8 million outstanding shares of common stock and 2.1 million outstanding shares of Class B common stock.
   
OUTLOOK

"I am pleased to report an operating profit of $1.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 as compared to a $1.3 million operating loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2017," said Edward J. Richardson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President. "All three of our business units performed well again in the third quarter. We are enjoying a favorable economy, our investments in our growth initiatives are starting to pay off and revenues generated from power grid tubes remain strong. With our new CT Tube in the final stages of testing and continued investment in new products, we remain optimistic about the future," Mr. Richardson concluded.     

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. CDT, Edward J. Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Robert J. Ben, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the Company's third quarter results for fiscal year 2018. A question and answer session will be included as part of the call's agenda. To listen to the call, please dial (888) 339-2688 and enter passcode 41388627 approximately five minutes prior to the start of the call. A replay of the call will be available beginning at 12:00 a.m. CDT on April 13, 2018, for seven days. The telephone numbers for the replay are (USA) (888) 286-8010 and (International) (617) 801-6888; passcode 74404237.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release includes certain "forward-looking" statements as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release regarding the Company's business which are not historical facts represent "forward-looking" statements that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on July 31, 2017. The Company assumes no responsibility to update the "forward-looking" statements in this release as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

ABOUT RICHARDSON ELECTRONICS, LTD.

Richardson Electronics, Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered solutions, power grid and microwave tubes and related consumables; power conversion and RF and microwave components; flat panel detector solutions and replacement parts for diagnostic imaging equipment; and customized display solutions. We serve customers in the alternative energy, healthcare, aviation, broadcast, communications, industrial, marine, medical, military, scientific and semiconductor markets. The Company's strategy is to provide specialized technical expertise and "engineered solutions" based on our core engineering and manufacturing capabilities. The Company provides solutions and adds value through design-in support, systems integration, prototype design and manufacturing, testing, logistics, and aftermarket technical service and repair through its global infrastructure. More information is available at www.rell.com.

Richardson Electronics common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol RELL.

                                                                    

 
Richardson Electronics, Ltd.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share amounts)


         
    Unaudited     Audited  
    March 3, 
2018
    May 27, 
2017
 
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 59,882     $ 55,327  
Accounts receivable, less allowance of $362 and $398, respectively     21,893       20,782  
Inventories, net     49,129       42,749  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     3,746       3,070  
Investments - current     199       6,429  
Total current assets     134,849       128,357  
Non-current assets:                
Property, plant and equipment, net     17,991       15,813  
Goodwill     6,332       6,332  
Intangible assets, net     3,125       3,441  
Non-current deferred income taxes     1,061       1,102  
Investments - non-current           2,419  
Total non-current assets     28,509       29,107  
Total assets   $ 163,358     $ 157,464  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $  15,846     $  15,933  
Accrued liabilities     9,867       8,311  
Total current liabilities     25,713       24,244  
Non-current liabilities:                
Non-current deferred income tax liabilities     236       158  
Other non-current liabilities     947       735  
Total non-current liabilities     1,183       893  
Total liabilities     26,896       25,137  
Stockholders' equity                
Common stock, $0.05 par value; issued and outstanding 10,796 shares at March 3, 2018 and 10,712 shares at May 27, 2017     540       535  
Class B common stock, convertible, $0.05 par value; issued and outstanding 2,137 shares at March 3, 2018 and May 27, 2017     107       107  
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, no shares issued            
Additional paid-in-capital     59,900       59,436  
Common stock in treasury, at cost, no shares at March 3, 2018 and May 27, 2017
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