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Harman reports second quarter fiscal 2017 results

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Jan 29 2017

Net Sales Up 10% to $1.95 Billion
· GAAP EBITDA Up 4% to $227 Million; Operational EBITDA Up 19% to $268 Million
· GAAP EPS Down 11% to $1.39; Operational EPS Up 20% to $2.22
· Secured $2.7 Billion in New Automotive Awards Year-to-Date
· Samsung Acquisition on Track to Close in Mid Calendar 2017

STAMFORD, CT – January 26, 2017

Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Net sales for the second quarter were $1.95 billion, an increase of 10 percent,11 percent excluding the impact of foreign exchange (Ex-FX), compared to the prior year. Lifestyle Audio net sales increased 19 percent due to higher sales in both consumer and car audio. Connected Services net sales increased 13 percent primarily due to higher demand for automotive services. Connected Car net sales increased four percent due to stronger production and the expansion of recently launched programs. Professional Solutions net sales increased three percent primarily due to stronger sales in Asia.

On a GAAP basis, second quarter operating income increased nine percent to $174 million compared to $159 million in the prior year, and EBITDA increased four percent to $227 million compared to $217 million in the prior year. During the quarter, the Company recognized approximately $23 million of non-recurring incremental U.S. income tax from deemed income on foreign earnings. As a result, earnings per diluted share decreased 11 percent to $1.39 compared to $1.55 in the prior year.

Non-GAAP Operating income increased 22 percent to $228 million compared to $186 million in the prior year, and EBITDA increased 19 percent to $268 million compared to $225 million in the prior year, excluding restructuring, acquisition-related items, costs associated with the pending Samsung transaction and one-time stock compensation costs. Earnings per diluted share increased 20 percent to $2.22 compared to $1.84 in the prior year.

Dinesh C. Paliwal, the Company’s Chairman, President and CEO said, “HARMAN delivered solid second quarter results, including double digit revenue, EBITDA and EPS growth led by strong performance in our Lifestyle Audio division. Additionally, we continue to leverage our success in Connected Car and Connected Services to develop broader end-to-end solutions for immersive and personalized experiences.

“The pending acquisition of HARMAN by Samsung will accelerate connected and autonomous driving innovation and technology deployment faster than if HARMAN were to remain a standalone company. The transaction also delivers immediate and compelling cash value to our shareholders. We remain on track to close the transaction in mid-2017.”

Summary of Operations – Gross Margin and SG&A

On an operational basis, gross margin for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 increased 50 basis points to 31.3 percent, primarily due to the impact of higher sales volume leveraging a more efficient fixed production cost base. Operational SG&A expenses as a percent of net sales decreased 70 basis points to 19.6 percent compared to 20.3 percent in the prior year due to favorable product mix.

On a GAAP basis in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, gross margin increased 40 basis points to 31.2 percent. SG&A expenses as a percent of net sales increased 50 basis points to 22.3 percent compared to 21.8 percent in the prior year, primarily due to higher restructuring expenses.

Withdrawal of Guidance and Suspension of Conference Calls

As announced on November 14, 2016, Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd. (“Samsung”) and Harman International Industries, Incorporated (“HARMAN”) entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for $112 per share in cash. On January 20, 2017, HARMAN filed a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with a special meeting of its stockholders to consider the adoption of the merger agreement. The special meeting is scheduled to be held on February 17, 2017.

In light of the pending transaction, HARMAN is withdrawing its financial outlook and will not be hosting earnings conference calls.

General Information

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $7.2 billion during the 12 months ended December 31, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures included in this press release to the most comparable GAAP measures is provided in the tables contained at the end of this press release. HARMAN does not intend for this information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Information

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this earnings release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. One should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company bases these statements on particular assumptions that it has made in light of its industry experience, as well as its perception of historical trends, current market conditions, current economic data, expected future developments and other factors that the Company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: (1) the loss of one or more significant customers, the loss of a significant platform with an automotive customer or the in-sourcing of certain services by the Company’s automotive customers; (2) the Company’s ability to maintain a competitive technological advantage through innovation and leading product designs; (3) the Company’s ability to maintain profitability if there are delays in its product launches or increased pricing pressure from its customers; (4) fluctuations in currency exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. Dollar and the Euro; (5) the inability of the Company’s suppliers to deliver materials, parts and components including, without limitation, microchips and displays, at the scheduled rate and disruptions arising in connection therewith; (6) fluctuations in the price and supply of raw materials including, without limitation, petroleum, copper, steel, aluminum, synthetic resins, rare metals and rare-earth minerals, or shortages of materials, parts and components; (7) the Company’s failure to protect the security of its products and systems against cyber crime; (8) the Company’s failure to maintain the value of its brands and implementing a sufficient brand protection program; and (9) other risks detailed in the Harman International Industries, Incorporated Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 and other filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the Company may be subject to certain risks during the pendency of the Samsung transaction, and may not be able to complete the proposed transaction on the terms described herein or other acceptable terms or at all because of a number of factors, including without limitation (i) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (ii) the failure to obtain the requisite approval of the Company’s stockholders or the failure to satisfy the other closing conditions, (iii) risks related to disruption of management’s attention from the Company’s ongoing business operations due to the pending transaction and (iv) the effect of the announcement of the pending transaction on the ability of the Company to retain and hire key personnel, maintain relationships with its customers and suppliers, and maintain its operating results and business generally. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement except as required by law.

This earnings release also makes reference to the Company’s awarded business or “backlog”, which represents the estimated future lifetime net sales for all of the Company’s automotive customers. The Company’s awarded business does not represent firm customer orders. The Company reports its awarded business primarily based on written award letters. To validate these awards, the Company uses various assumptions including global vehicle production forecasts, customer take rates for the Company’s products, revisions to product life cycle estimates and the impact of annual price reductions and exchange rates, among other factors. The term “take rate” represents the number of units sold by the Company divided by an estimate of the total number of vehicles of a specific vehicle line produced during the same timeframe. The assumptions the Company uses to validate these awards are updated and reported externally on an annual basis.

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