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MTS Reports Financial Results For Fiscal Year 2016 Full Year And Fiscal Year 2017 First Quarter

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, today reported financial results for its fiscal year 2016 full year ended October 1, 2016 and its fiscal year 2017 first quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Fiscal Year 2016

  • Revenue of $650 million increased 15% compared to the prior year with organic revenue growth of 7% from continued improvement in Test backlog conversion efficiencies
  • GAAP EPS was $1.70, including a $1.02 negative impact from acquisition-related, acquisition integration, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and restructuring expenses, consistent with previously issued preliminary earnings
  • Test Services achieved record full year revenue of $86 million, an increase of 9%

Fiscal 2017 First Quarter

  • Revenue of $199 million, an increase of 42% from prior year due to organic revenue growth of 10%, and 32% growth as a result of the PCB acquisition
  • GAAP EPS of $0.09, including a $0.46 negative impact from acquisition integration, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and restructuring expenses and costs associated with the China investigation
  • Strong operating cash flow of $29 million, primarily due to continued focus on working capital improvements

"Before we discuss our financial results and outlook for fiscal year 2017, we will address the investigation undertaken to examine possible violations of the Company's Code of Conduct. The investigation, overseen by the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors, and conducted using external legal counsel and forensic experts, confirmed that certain employees involved with our China Test business violated our Code of Conduct by starting a company that competes with MTS in the low end of the materials test market within China. Importantly, the investigation did not find any evidence of intellectual property theft. However, the investigation did identify opportunities to enhance our processes and controls related to the adherence with our Code of Conduct and compliance policies and procedures, with particular focus on those related to third party sales of our products and local sourcing activities. Numerous steps are being taken to improve our oversight activities in these areas, including the creation of a new 'Chief Risk and Compliance Officer' on my executive staff," said Dr. Jeffrey A. Graves, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTS Systems.

Dr. Graves continued, "With regard to the business performance and the PCB acquisition that closed in July 2016, fiscal year 2016 ended on a strong note with overall double digit revenue growth that extended into the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. The integration of PCB is progressing as anticipated, and we remain excited about the products and capabilities added to the company, and the revenue and cost synergies we expect to realize from the combination. While the integration costs and restructuring expenses did have a negative impact on our fiscal year 2016 fourth quarter earnings and will negatively impact fiscal year 2017 results, we believe the Test and Sensors businesses are more complementary than ever before and will deliver greater value to our shareholders for years to come."

Full Year Results

Revenue was $650.1 million, up $86.2 million or 15.3 percent, compared to the prior year. Excluding the impact from the acquisition of PCB, revenue increased 7.4 percent, driven by the Test segment, which increased 10.7 percent from strong conversion of backlog as a direct result of the organization and process improvement actions the company took earlier in the year. Overall, Test orders were down 1.8 percent versus the prior year principally due to order timing; however, the Test pipeline remains at a record level with over $1 billion in opportunities over the next twelve months. The Test business began the new fiscal year with a backlog of $331.0 million.

Earnings before taxes were $33.5 million, a decrease of $25.7 million compared to the prior year. The decrease primarily resulted from $23.1 million of acquisition-related, acquisition integration, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and restructuring expenses. In addition, an unfavorable mix from lower margin custom projects in Test, investments in the Test business and higher interest expense negatively impacted earnings before taxes. These negative impacts were partially offset by higher volume and the contribution from the PCB acquisition.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) on a GAAP basis were $1.70, which included negative impacts of $0.67 from acquisition-related, acquisition integration and restructuring expenses and $0.35 from the inventory fair value adjustment related to the PCB acquisition. Excluding these items, diluted earnings per share on an adjusted basis would have been $2.72. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for further information.

Fiscal 2017 First Quarter Results

Compared to the same quarter in the prior year, reported revenue was $199.3 million, up $58.8 million or 41.8 percent. Of this increase, the PCB acquisition generated 32.2 percent, while the remaining 9.6 percent increase came from organic revenue primarily driven by the Test segment, which increased 10.4 percent from the strong conversion of backlog, and a return to growth for the legacy Sensors business, which was up 5.7 percent. Earnings before taxes were $2.2 million, a decrease of $10.9 million compared to the prior year. The decrease primarily resulted from $12.0 million of expenses for acquisition integration, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment, restructuring activities, and the investigation into code of conduct violations in our China operations. Higher interest expense also negatively impacted earnings before taxes. These negative impacts were partially offset by higher volume, improved gross margins and the contribution from the PCB acquisition.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) on a GAAP basis were $0.09 compared to $0.78 in the prior year. The decline was primarily driven by negative impacts of, $0.30 from the acquisition inventory fair value adjustment, $0.07 from acquisition integration expenses, $0.07 from the China investigation and $0.02 from restructuring expenses. Excluding these items, diluted earnings per share on an adjusted basis would have been $0.55 which includes higher interest expense of $0.24 and amortization expense of $0.12, related to the PCB acquisition. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for further information.

Outlook

For fiscal year 2017, with the higher backlog conversion rates in Test and more modest order levels in the first quarter, we will likely experience relatively flat to slightly lower revenue and earnings from the Test business this year. In addition to the added PCB business, we expect to see solid demand in our Sensors business, driven by market fundamentals and the resurgence of investment in the basic materials industries around the world.

Based on these factors, the company is forecasting revenues in the range of $760 million to $790 million and GAAP earnings per share of $0.80 to $1.20 for our fiscal year 2017. Also included in this guidance are acquisition integration, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and restructuring expenses of $16.0 million to $18.0 million and the cost of the China investigation is expected to range between $8.0 million and $9.0 million. In addition, we are forecasting adjusted EBITDA for the full year to range between $115 million and $130 million. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to net income, the closest GAAP measure, is included in Exhibit E of this earnings release.

Longer term, the PCB acquisition supports the strategic priorities of investing in markets with the opportunity to achieve sustainable double-digit top and bottom line growth, strengthening the MTS global footprint and focusing on areas that generate strong free cash flow. MTS has experienced the combined Sensors business for two full quarters and has a greatly expanded product portfolio delivered with outstanding customer service which will enhance the value of MTS to both customers and shareholders for years to come.

Dr. Graves concluded, "Although overall orders were down slightly in fiscal year 2016, there were many positives coming into fiscal year 2017. We are encouraged by the strong first quarter results of both the Test and Sensors businesses, and believe that our improved project execution and backlog conversion capability in Test, as well as our growing Test Service business, will position us well for the remainder of the year. Our Sensors business exposure to excellent fundamental market drivers such as industrial automation, testing of new products and energy generation, combined with an outstanding global customer base and delivery model, make us optimistic about the sustained growth prospects for our Sensors business this year and well into the future."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We believe that disclosing diluted earnings per share excluding the impact from acquisition-related expenses, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment, China investigation expenses and restructuring expenses is useful to investors as a measure of operating performance. We use this as one measure to monitor and evaluate operating performance. Diluted earnings per share excluding these items, is a financial measure that does not reflect United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). We calculate this measure by adding back the after-tax effect of the acquisition-related expenses, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment, China investigation expenses and restructuring expenses to net income and dividing the result by the diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

We believe that disclosing earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and EBITDA excluding the impact from stock-based compensation, acquisition-related expenses, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment, China investigation expenses and restructuring expenses (Adjusted EBITDA) is useful to investors as a measure of leverage and operating performance. We use these measures to monitor and evaluate leverage and operating performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures that do not reflect GAAP. We calculate EBITDA by adding back interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization expense to net income. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adding back stock-based compensation, acquisition-related expenses, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment, China investigation expenses and restructuring expenses to EBITDA.

Investors should consider these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, not as a substitute for or better than, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of the components of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in Exhibits B, C, D and E to this release.

FY2016 Full Year and FY17 First Quarter Conference Call

A conference call will be held on April 11, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). Call toll free +1-888-601-3878 (international toll +1-913-312-0421) and reference the conference pass code "6053550". Telephone replay will be available at 1:00 p.m. ET following the call until 1:00 p.m. ET, April 18, 2017. Call toll free +1-888-203-1112 (international toll +1-719-457-0820) and reference the conference pass code "6053550".

A transcript of the call can also be accessed from the MTS website at http://investor.mts.com. It will be available on April 12, 2017.

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation's testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products and structures. MTS's high-performance sensors provide controls for a variety of applications measuring motion, pressure, position, force and sound. MTS had 3,500 employees as of October 1, 2016 and revenue of $650 million for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2016. Additional information on MTS can be found at www.mts.com.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. Statements made under the heading "Outlook" are forward-looking statements, and words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "projects," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "targets," "anticipates," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements in other parts of the release. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, statements about the expected benefits of the PCB acquisition and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on MTS's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause MTS's actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those described in the "Risk Factors" section of MTS's most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and updated in any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC. The reports referenced above are available on MTS's website at www.mts.com or on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which statements are made, and MTS undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.

 

 MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

 (unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)






Three Months Ended


December 31,
 2016


January 2,
 2016





 Revenue

$

199,279



$

140,501


 Cost of sales

125,815



87,990


 Gross profit

73,464



52,511


 Gross margin

36.9

%


37.4

%





 Operating expenses




 Selling, general and administrative

54,493



33,616


 Research and development

8,681



5,294


    Total operating expenses

63,174



38,910






 Income from operations

10,290



13,601


 Operating margin

5.2

%


9.7

%





 Interest income (expense), net

(7,280)



(201)


 Other income (expense), net

(829)



(310)






 Income before income taxes

2,181



13,090


 Provision for income taxes

476



1,316


 Net income

$

1,705



$

11,774






Earnings per share




 Basic




    Earnings per share

$

0.09



$

0.79


    Weighted average common shares outstanding

18,969



14,861






 Diluted




    Earnings per share

$

0.09



$

0.78


    Weighted average common shares outstanding

19,074



14,999


 

 MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

 (unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)






Twelve Months Ended


October 1,
 2016


October 3,
 2015





 Revenue

$

650,147



$

563,934


 Cost of sales

418,743



344,321


 Gross profit

231,404



219,613


 Gross margin

35.6

%


38.9

%





 Operating expenses




 Selling, general and administrative

164,305



134,412


 Research and development

25,336



23,705


    Total operating expenses

189,641



158,117






 Income from operations

41,763



61,496


 Operating margin

6.4

%


10.9

%





 Interest income (expense), net

(8,489)



(795)


 Other income (expense), net

238



(1,529)






 Income before income taxes

33,512



59,172


 Provision for income taxes

6,018



13,710


 Net income

$

27,494



$

45,462






Earnings per share




 Basic




    Earnings per share

$

1.72



$

3.03


    Weighted average common shares outstanding

16,027



14,984






 Diluted




    Earnings per share

$

1.70



$

3.00


    Weighted average common shares outstanding

16,179



15,142


 

 MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 (unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)






December 31,
 2016


October 1,
 2016

 ASSETS




 Current assets




 Cash and cash equivalents

$

95,949



$

84,780


 Accounts receivable, net

114,804



133,500


 Unbilled accounts receivable

74,900



76,626


 Inventories, net

122,670



132,566


 Other current assets

21,711



12,793


 Total current assets

430,034



440,265






 Property and equipment, net

98,665



100,789


 Goodwill

369,093



369,700


 Intangible assets, net

263,469



266,789


 Other long-term assets

9,527



10,477


 Total assets

$

1,170,788



$

1,188,020






 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








 Current liabilities




 Current maturities of long-term debt, net

$

10,032



$

9,850


 Accounts payable

44,902



46,383


 Advance payments from customers

87,233



72,728


 Other accrued liabilities

69,575



87,160


 Total current liabilities

211,742



216,121






 Long-term debt, less current maturities

452,424



455,001


 Other long-term liabilities

108,401



111,638


 Total liabilities

772,567



782,760






 Shareholders' equity




 Common stock, $0.25 par; 64,000 shares authorized:




16,712 and 16,660 shares issued and outstanding as




of December 31, 2016 and October 1, 2016, respectively

4,178



4,165


 Additional paid-in capital

156,053



154,879


 Retained earnings

253,280



256,589


 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(15,290)



(10,373)


 Total shareholders' equity

398,221



405,260


 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,170,788



$

1,188,020


 

Exhibit A

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Segment Financial Information

(unaudited - in thousands)














Three Months Ended



Test Segment

December 31,
 2016


January 2,
 2016


% Variance







Revenue

$

131,126



$

118,810



10

%

Cost of sales

84,292



77,791



8

%

Gross profit

46,834



41,019



14

%

Gross margin

35.7

%


34.5

%









Operating expenses

35,118



30,632



15

%







Income (loss) from operations

$

11,716



$

10,387



13

%







Sensors Segment












Revenue

$

68,153



$

21,691



214

%

Cost of sales

41,523



10,199



307

%

Gross profit

26,630



11,492



132

%

Gross margin

39.1

%


53.0

%









Operating expenses

28,056



8,278



239

%







Income (loss) from operations

$

(1,426)



$

3,214



(144)

%







Total Company












Revenue

$

199,279



$

140,501



42

%

Cost of sales

125,815



87,990



43

%

Gross profit

73,464



52,511



40

%

Gross margin

36.9

%


37.4

%









Operating expenses

63,174



38,910



62

%







Income (loss) from operations

$

10,290



$

13,601



(24)

%

 

Exhibit B

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Earnings Per Share Excluding Acquisition Integration,

Acquisition Inventory Step-up, China Investigation and Restructuring Expenses

(unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)










Three Months Ended


December 31, 2016


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net

Net income

$

2,181


$

476


$

1,705


Acquisition integration expenses1

1,688


436


1,252


Acquisition inventory step-up1

7,724


1,993


5,731


China investigation expenses1

1,976


510


1,466


Restructuring expenses2

563


196


367


Adjusted net income3

$

14,132


$

3,611


$

10,521






Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding



19,074






Diluted earnings per share

$

0.11


$

0.02


$

0.09


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of acquisition integration expenses

0.10


0.03


0.07


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of acquisition inventory step-up

0.40


0.10


0.30


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of China investigation expenses

0.10


0.03


0.07


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of restructuring expenses

0.03


0.01


0.02


Adjusted diluted earnings per share3

$

0.74


$

0.19


$

0.55








1

In determining the tax impact of acquisition integration, acquisition inventory step-up and China investigation expenses, we applied a U.S. effective income tax rate before discrete items to these expenses.



2

In determining the tax impact of restructuring expenses, we applied the statutory rate in effect for each jurisdiction where restructuring expenses were incurred.



3

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Exhibit C

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Earnings Per Share Excluding Acquisition-Related,

Acquisition Integration, Acquisition Inventory Step-up and Restructuring Expenses

(unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)










Twelve Months Ended


October 1, 2016


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net

Net income

$

33,512


$

6,018


$

27,494


Acquisition-related expenses1

10,170


2,848


7,322


Acquisition integration expenses1

2,846


797


2,049


Acquisition inventory step-up1

7,916


2,224


5,692


Restructuring expenses2

2,165


700


1,465


Adjusted net income3

$

56,609


$

12,587


$

44,022






Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding



16,179






Diluted earnings per share

$

2.07


$

0.37


$

1.70


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of acquisition-related expenses

0.63


0.18


0.45


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of acquisition integration expenses

0.18


0.05


0.13


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of acquisition inventory step-up

0.49


0.14


0.35


Diluted earnings per share - Impact of restructuring expenses

0.13


0.04


0.09


Adjusted diluted earnings per share3

$

3.50


$

0.78


$

2.72








1

In determining the tax impact of acquisition-related, acquisition integration and acquisition inventory step-up expenses, we applied a U.S. effective income tax rate before discrete tax items to these expenses.



2

In determining the tax impact of restructuring expenses, we applied the statutory rate in effect for each jurisdiction where restructuring expenses were incurred.



3

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Exhibit D

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

(unaudited - in thousands)








Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended



December 31, 2016

October 1, 2016

Net income

$

1,705


$

27,494


Provision for income taxes

476


6,018


Interest (income) expense, net

7,280


8,489


Depreciation and amortization

8,392


24,077


EBITDA1

$

17,853


$

66,078





Stock-based compensation

1,721


7,224


Acquisition-related expenses2


10,281


Acquisition integration expenses3

1,688


2,344


Acquisition inventory step-up

7,724


7,916


China investigation expenses

1,976



Restructuring expenses4

563


2,533


Adjusted EBITDA1

$

31,525


$

96,376







1

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.



2

Acquisition-related expenses were adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation forfeitures that were included in the stock-based compensation line.



3

Acquisition integration expenses were adjusted to exclude interest expense that is included in the interest (income) expense, net line.



4

Restructuring expenses were adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation forfeitures that were included in the stock-based compensation line.

 

Exhibit E

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income - Outlook

(unaudited - in thousands)








Twelve Months Ended



September 30, 2017


Low

High

Net income

$

15,400


$

23,000


Provision for income taxes

3,900


6,500


Interest (income) expense, net

30,000


31,000


Depreciation and amortization

34,000


35,000


EBITDA1

$

83,300


$

95,500





Stock-based compensation and non-recurring expenses2

31,700


34,500


Adjusted EBITDA1

$

115,000


$

130,000







1

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.



2

Includes pre-tax forecast expenses for stock-based compensation, acquisition integration, acquisition inventory step-up, China investigation and restructuring.

 

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