Release Date: 11/01/2018
Chandler, Arizona, November 1, 2018: Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) today announced financial results for the 2018 third quarter.
The Company reported 2018 third quarter net sales of $226.9 million, which was within the Company's previously announced guidance of $220 to $230 million. Q3 2018 net sales increased $12.2 million (+5.7%) over Q2 2018 net sales and $20.1 million (+9.7%) over Q3 2017 net sales. Currency exchange rates negatively impacted 2018 third quarter net sales by $4.2 million compared to the 2018 second quarter but had favorable impact of $0.8 million on 2018 third quarter revenues compared to the 2017 third quarter.
Gross margin was 34.9% in the third quarter of 2018, compared to 35.7% in the second quarter of 2018 and 39.7% in the third quarter of 2017. Q3 2018 gross margin was lower than our guidance of 37%. GAAP operating margin was 13.1% in the third quarter of 2018, compared to 11.7% in the second quarter of 2018 and 19.0% in the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted operating margin was 17.0% in Q3 2018, compared to 14.8% in Q2 2018 and 19.4% in Q3 2017.
Third quarter 2018 GAAP net income was $19.7 million, compared to $17.3 million in the second quarter of 2018 and $25.5 million in the third quarter of 2017.
GAAP earnings for the 2018 third quarter were $1.06 per diluted share, compared to $0.93 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2018 and $1.37 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017. Q3 GAAP earnings per diluted share were within the Company's guidance of $0.97 to $1.12. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.42 per diluted share for the 2018 third quarter, compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.19 for the second quarter and $1.41 per diluted share for the 2017 third quarter. Adjusted earnings were above the Company's guidance of $1.25 to $1.40 per diluted share.
Adjusted EBITDA was $47.5 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $40.7 million for the second quarter and $50.7 million reported in the third quarter of 2017.
“We were pleased with the strong organic revenue growth in Rogers’ PES and EMS businesses, as well as our overall earnings performance in the quarter,” stated Bruce D. Hoechner, Rogers’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “However, market weakness in 4G LTE and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems applications led to lower than expected demand in our ACS business that unfavorably impacted gross margin. While there is still more work to do, we continue to make progress on our operational excellence initiatives to drive profitability. Our outlook remains positive as we anticipate the transition in wireless telecommunications infrastructure from 4G to 5G, as well as strength in demand for Advanced Mobility applications, including ADAS and EV/HEV.”
Business segment discussion
Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS)
Advanced Connectivity Solutions reported 2018 third quarter net sales of $71.9 million, a decrease of $4.5 million (-5.9%) compared to the 2018 second quarter and a decrease of $0.8 million (-1.2%) compared to 2017 third quarter net sales. Third quarter 2018 saw lower than expected revenues from Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications as supply chain volatility increased due to platform migrations to higher frequencies and European car manufacturers work through new regulatory standards. In addition, the business experienced continued softness in demand for wireless 4G LTE applications in anticipation of the transition to 5G. Third quarter 2018 net sales were negatively impacted by $1.3 million due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates compared to the second quarter of 2018, but were favorably impacted by $0.1 million compared to the third quarter of 2017.
Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS)
Elastomeric Material Solutions reported 2018 third quarter net sales of $95.8 million, an increase of $16.6 million (+21.0%) compared to the 2018 second quarter and an increase of $13.6 million (+16.5%) compared to 2017 third quarter net sales. Strong organic growth was driven by demand in automotive, portable electronics and general industrial applications. Segment revenue also benefited from the recently acquired Griswold business. Third quarter 2018 net sales were negatively impacted by $1.4 million due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates compared to the 2018 second quarter but were favorably impacted by $0.3 million compared to the 2017 third quarter.
Power Electronics Solutions (PES)
Power Electronics Solutions reported 2018 third quarter net sales of $55.2 million, an increase of $1.6 million (+3.0%) compared to the 2018 second quarter and an increase of $8.8 million (+19.0%) compared to 2017 third quarter net sales of $46.4 million. The business continues to benefit from accelerating demand in electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Third quarter 2018 net sales were negatively impacted by $1.5 million due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates compared to the second quarter of 2018 but were favorably impacted by $0.4 million compared to the third quarter of 2017.
Other reported 2018 third quarter net sales of $4.0 million which decreased $1.4 million (-26.2%) compared to both the second quarter 2018 and third quarter of 2017 net sales. The change was primarily driven by the timing of revenue recognition under the new standard.
Balance sheet and other highlights
Rogers ended the third quarter of 2018 with cash and cash equivalents of $149.6 million, a decrease of $31.6 million from $181.2 million at December 31, 2017. This decrease was primarily due to $78.6 million paid for the Griswold acquisition, net of cash, $36.6 million in capital expenditures, $43.4 million paid for the Isola asset acquisition, and $25.0 million in pension contributions in anticipation of the proposed termination of the Rogers Corporation Defined Benefit Pension Plan, along with $6.5 million in tax payments related to net share settlement of equity awards and $3.0 million in repurchases of capital stock. This activity was partially offset by $102.5 million in borrowings under our revolving credit facility, of which $82.5 million and $20.0 million were used to fund the Griswold acquisition and the voluntary pension plan contribution, respectively, and by cash generated by operations.
Effective tax rate
Rogers' effective income tax rate was 31.0% for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 32.6% in the second quarter of 2018 and 37.6% for the third quarter of 2017. The decrease was primarily due to a lower U.S. effective tax rate, as a result of U.S. tax reform and geographic profit mix, partially offset by an increase in current year accruals for uncertain tax positions.
Rogers guides its 2018 fourth quarter net sales to a range of $215 to $225 million and gross margin in the range of 35% to 36%. Rogers guides its 2018 fourth quarter earnings to a range of $0.84 to $0.99 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings are guided to a range of $1.20 to $1.35 per diluted share.
Rogers guides 2018 full year capital spending to be in the range of $45 to $55 million. In addition, the business invested an incremental $43.4 million for the Isola asset acquisition.
Rogers guides the 2018 full year effective tax rate to be 26-28%, with a fourth quarter effective tax rate of 30-31%.
About Rogers Corporation
Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) is a global leader in engineered materials to power, protect, and connect our world. With more than 180 years of materials science experience, Rogers delivers high-performance solutions that enable clean energy, internet connectivity, and safety and protection applications, as well as other technologies where reliability is critical. Rogers delivers Power Electronics Solutions for energy-efficient motor drives, e-Mobility and renewable energy; Elastomeric Material Solutions for sealing, vibration management and impact protection in mobile devices, transportation interiors, industrial equipment and performance apparel; and Advanced Connectivity Solutions for wireless infrastructure, automotive safety and radar systems. Headquartered in Arizona (USA), Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, and South Korea, with joint ventures and sales offices worldwide.
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Conference call and additional information
A conference call to discuss 2018 third quarter results today on Thursday November, 01 2018 at 5pm ET.
A live webcast and slide presentation will be available under the investors section of http://www.rogerscorp.com/ir.
To participate, please dial:
1-800-574-8929 Toll-free in the United States
There is no passcode for the live teleconference.
If you are unable to attend, a conference call playback will be available from November 1, 2018 at approximately 8 pm ET through November 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 from the United States, and 1-404-537-3406 from outside of the US, each with passcode 8097939.
Additionally, the archived webcast will be available on the Rogers website at approximately 8 pm ET November 11, 2018.
Please contact the Company directly via email or visit the Rogers website.
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