First Quarter 2012 Results Reported by Amphenol Corporation

Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:00am EDT

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First Quarter 2012 Results Reported by Amphenol Corporation

Amphenol Corporation (NYSE-APH) reported today first quarter 2012 diluted earnings per share of $.77 compared to $.72 per share for the comparable 2011 period. Sales for the first quarter 2012 were $982 million compared to $941 million for the 2011 period. Currency translation had the effect of decreasing sales by approximately $4 million in the first quarter 2012 compared to the 2011 period.

Amphenol President and Chief Executive Officer, R. Adam Norwitt, stated “We are pleased to report a strong start to 2012 with first quarter sales of $982 million, operating income margin of 18.9% and diluted earnings per share of $.77. Sales were up approximately 4% year-over-year and 3% sequentially. On a year-over-year basis, strength in automotive, commercial aerospace, broadband communications and industrial markets offset declines in the defense and wireless markets, reflecting the significant benefits of the Company’s diversity. We are especially encouraged to have achieved record orders of $1.028 billion in the first quarter. In addition, it is extremely rewarding that the Company’s unique entrepreneurial culture continues to drive an unwavering focus on profitability, resulting in a sequential operating margin improvement of 40 basis points to 18.9% in Q1 2012. I am very proud of our organization as we continue to execute well.”

“Our ongoing strategy of market and geographic diversification combined with our strong commitment to developing enabling technologies for our customers in all markets, both through organic product development and through our acquisition program, continues to expand the Company’s growth opportunities. Consistent with this strategy, in early April, the Company completed the acquisition of Nelson-Dunn, a U.S. manufacturer of high-technology, value-added interconnect assemblies for the oil and gas market with annual sales of approximately $45 million. This acquisition complements and strengthens the Company’s industry-leading offering of harsh environment products for the fast-growing energy markets. The Company continues to deploy its financial strength in a variety of ways to increase shareholder value including, in this quarter, the purchase of 1.5 million shares of the Company’s stock pursuant to our stock repurchase plan. In addition, as previously announced, the Company’s Board of Directors has approved an increase in the quarterly dividend to $.105 per share effective for dividends paid after March 2012.”

“Based on the assumption of stable economic conditions and constant currency exchange rates, we expect Q2 2012 revenues in the range of $1.040 billion to $1.055 billion and diluted EPS in the range of $.82 to $.85. For the year 2012, we now expect to achieve revenues and diluted EPS in the range of $4.105 billion to $4.190 billion and $3.30 to $3.38, respectively, an increase of 4% to 6% and 8% to 11% over 2011 revenues and diluted EPS (excluding 2011 one-time items), respectively. This compares to prior full year 2012 guidance for revenues and diluted EPS in the range of $4.050 billion to $4.150 billion and $3.23 to $3.34, respectively. We believe we can perform well in the dynamic electronics market due to our leading technology, increasing positions with our customers in diverse markets, worldwide presence, lean cost structure, and agile, experienced and entrepreneurial management team.”

“The electronics revolution continues to accelerate, with new applications and higher performance requirements driving increased demand for our leading interconnect technologies in all of our end markets. This creates a significant, long-term growth opportunity for Amphenol. Importantly, our ongoing actions to enhance our competitive advantages and build sustained financial strength have created a solid base for future performance. I am confident in the ability of our outstanding management team to dynamically adjust to the constantly changing market environment, to continue to generate strong profitability and to further capitalize on the many opportunities to expand our market position.”

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter results at 1:00 PM (EST) April 18, 2012. The toll free dial-in number to participate in this call is 888-395-9624; International dial-in number is 517-623-4547; Passcode: Reardon. There will be a replay available until 11:59 P.M. (EST) on Friday, April 20, 2012. The replay numbers are toll free 866-418-8388; International toll number is 203-369-0758; Passcode: 5137.

A live broadcast as well as a replay will also be available on the Internet at

Amphenol Corporation is one of the world’s leading producers of electronic and fiber optic connectors, cable and interconnect systems. Amphenol products are engineered and manufactured in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa and sold by a worldwide sales and marketing organization. Amphenol has a diversified presence as a leader in high growth areas of the interconnect market including: Military, Commercial Aerospace, Automotive, Broadband Communication, Industrial, Information Technology and Data Communications Equipment, Mobile Devices and Wireless Infrastructure.

Statements in this press release which are other than historical facts are intended to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other related laws. While the Company believes such statements are reasonable, the actual results and effects could differ materially from those currently anticipated. Please refer to [Part I, Item 1A] of the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, for some factors that could cause the actual results to differ from estimates. In providing forward-looking statements, the Company is not undertaking any duty or obligation to update these statements publicly as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2012 2011
Net sales $ 981,604 $ 940,585
Cost of sales   672,333   636,461
Gross profit 309,271 304,124
Selling, general and administrative
expense   123,992   118,039
Operating income 185,279 186,085
Interest expense (13,749) (10,016)
Other income (expenses), net   2,187   1,704
Income before income taxes 173,717 177,773
Provision for income taxes   (46,469)   (48,888)
Net income 127,248 128,885
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (685)   (927)
Net income attributable to Amphenol Corporation $ 126,563 $ 127,958
Net income per common share - Basic $ 0.78 $ 0.73
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Basic   162,861,863   175,168,297
Net income per common share - Diluted $ 0.77 $ 0.72
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted   165,355,138   177,850,932
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.105 $ 0.015
(dollars in thousands)
March 31, December 31,
2012 2011
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 620,983 $ 515,086
Short-term investments   122,249   133,848
Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments 743,232 648,934
Accounts receivable, less allowance
for doubtful accounts of $11,640
and $11,113, respectively 771,400 767,181
Inventories, net 659,108 649,862
Other current assets   118,060   115,260
Total current assets 2,291,800 2,181,237
Land and depreciable assets, less
accumulated depreciation of
$673,265 and $655,869, respectively 389,873 380,501
Goodwill 1,754,951 1,746,113
Other long-term assets   140,756   137,374
$ 4,577,380 $ 4,445,225
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 402,916 $ 377,867
Accrued salaries, wages and employee benefits 80,919 83,810
Accrued income taxes 80,664 87,315
Other accrued expenses 102,182 93,125
Short-term debt   78,298   298
Total current liabilities 744,979 642,415
Long-term debt 1,316,819 1,376,831
Accrued pension and post employment
benefit obligations 207,304 207,049
Other long-term liabilities 43,560 34,144
Common stock 163 163
Additional paid-in capital 224,357 189,166
Accumulated earnings 2,130,127 2,102,497
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (103,647)   (120,057)
Total shareholders' equity attributable to Amphenol Corporation 2,251,000 2,171,769
Noncontrolling interests   13,718   13,017
Total equity   2,264,718   2,184,786
$ 4,577,380 $ 4,445,225
(dollars in thousands)
Three months ended
March 31,
  2012     2011  
Cash flow from operating activities:
Net income $ 127,248 $ 128,885
Adjustments for cash flow from operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 28,999 27,357
Stock-based compensation expense 7,491 6,320
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation payment arrangements (5,429 ) (4,625 )
Net change in components of working capital 9,851 (44,065 )
Net change in other long-term assets and liabilities   (3,956 )   (6,134 )
Cash flow provided by operating activities   164,204     107,738  
Cash flow from investing activities:
Additions to property, plant and equipment (31,523 ) (23,321 )
Proceeds from disposals of fixed assets 1,015 143
Purchases of short-term investments (34,466 ) (20,423 )
Sales and maturities of short-term investments   46,065     20,342  
Cash flow used in investing activities   (18,909 )   (23,259 )
Cash flow from financing activities:
Borrowings under senior notes 498,730 -
Borrowings under credit facilities 227,900 212,270
Repayments under credit facilities (708,747 ) (62,700 )
Payment of fees and expenses related to debt financing (4,315 ) -
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 22,418 11,921
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation payment arrangements 5,429 4,625
Payments to shareholders of noncontrolling interests - (496 )
Purchase and retirement of treasury stock (81,885 ) (188,503 )
Dividend payments   (2,448 )   (2,633 )
Cash flow used in financing activities   (42,918 )   (25,516 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 3,520 8,148
Net change in cash and cash
equivalents 105,897 67,111
Cash and cash equivalents
balance, beginning of period   515,086     525,888  
Cash and cash equivalents
balance, end of period $ 620,983   $ 592,999  


(dollars in thousands)
Three months ended
March 31,
2012   2011  
Trade Sales:
Interconnect Products $ 908,035 $ 877,516
Cable Products   73,569     63,069  
Consolidated $ 981,604   $ 940,585  
Operating income:
Interconnect Products $ 190,859 $ 194,112
Cable Products 10,676 7,459
Stock-based compensation expense (7,491 ) (6,320 )
Other operating expenses   (8,765 )   (9,166 )
Consolidated $ 185,279   $ 186,085  
Return on Sales %:
Interconnect Products 21.0 % 22.1 %
Cable Products 14.5 % 11.8 %
Stock-based compensation -0.8 % -0.7 %
Corporate - all other -0.9 % -1.0 %
Consolidated 18.9 % 19.8 %

Amphenol Corporation
Diana G. Reardon, 203-265-8630
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer