Rogers Corporation Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

Release Date: 04/26/2017

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First quarter 2017:

  • Net sales of $203.8 million, a record quarter, up 26.9%
  • Gross margin of 39.4%, up 170 basis points
  • Net income of $27.0 million, a record quarter, up 81.1%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $54.3 million, up 60.1%
  • Adjusted earnings of $1.68 per diluted share, up 78.7%

Rogers, Connecticut, April 26, 2017: Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) today announced financial results for the 2017 first quarter.

The Company reported 2017 first quarter net sales of $203.8 million, which exceeded the Company's previously announced guidance of $185 to $195 million, as well as 2016 first quarter net sales of $160.6 million. Currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted 2017 first quarter net sales by $2.6 million.

Earnings for the 2017 first quarter were $1.47 per diluted share, an increase compared to $0.82 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2016.  On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.68 per diluted share, an increase compared to adjusted earnings of $0.94 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2016.  Adjusted earnings exceeded the Company's guidance of $1.09 to $1.19 per diluted share.

First quarter 2017 net income was $27.0 million, an increase compared to $14.9 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA was $54.3 million for the first quarter of 2017, an increase as compared to $33.9 million reported in the first quarter of 2016.

Gross margin was 39.4% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 37.7% in the first quarter of 2016.  Operating margin was 19.4% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 15.0% in the first quarter of 2016.  Adjusted operating margin was 22.2% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 16.9% in the first quarter of 2016.

Bruce D. Hoechner, President and CEO commented, "Our strong revenue growth in Q1 2017 was driven by increased organic sales across all our business units as well as exceptional sales performance by our recently acquired businesses. Our excellent operating discipline translated our sales performance to the bottom line enabling Rogers to deliver all-time record quarterly earnings. We are clearly benefiting from our strong execution of our core strategy: market driven innovation; synergistic M&A; and operating excellence to deliver shareholder value. We remain cautious regarding global markets given the ongoing geopolitical uncertainty."

Business segment discussion

Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS)

Advanced Connectivity Solutions reported 2017 first quarter net sales of $78.5 million, a 7.0% increase compared to 2016 first quarter net sales of $73.4 million. The 2017 first quarter results were largely impacted by growth in high frequency circuit materials for automotive advanced driver assistance systems and aerospace / defense, partially offset by lower demand for wireless 4G LTE applications. First quarter 2017 net sales were unfavorably impacted by $0.9 million due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS)

Elastomeric Material Solutions reported 2017 first quarter net sales of $76.8 million, a 65.9% increase compared to 2016 first quarter net sales of $46.3 million. The 2017 first quarter included $22.7 million of net sales from recent acquisitions. On an organic basis, EMS net sales increased $7.8 million, or 16.9% on higher demand for portable electronics, general industrial, automotive and mass transit applications. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted net sales by $0.6 million in the 2017 first quarter.

Power Electronics Solutions (PES)

Power Electronics Solutions reported 2017 first quarter net sales of $42.7 million, a 21.0% increase compared to 2016 first quarter net sales of $35.3 million. The 2017 first quarter increase was primarily due to broad based demand across markets, including renewable energy, hybrid-electric vehicles, variable frequency motor drives, and laser diode coolers. First quarter 2017 net sales were unfavorably impacted by $1.0 million due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

Other

Other reported 2017 first quarter net sales of $5.8 million, up $0.2 million dollars compared to the first quarter of 2016 sales of $5.6 million.

Balance sheet and other highlights

Cash position

Rogers ended the first quarter of 2017 with cash and cash equivalents of $186.1 million, a decrease of $41.7 million from $227.8 million at December 31, 2016.  The largest driver of the decrease in cash was an acquisition, completed during the 2017 first quarter, with a purchase price of approximately $60 million.

Cash flow

Net cash provided from operating activities was $23.2 million in the 2017 first quarter, a decrease compared to $26.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, due to incentive compensation payments and a use of working capital, which more than offset higher first quarter 2017 net income. Capital spending was $5.3 million in the 2017 first quarter, an increase compared to $4.8 million in the 2016 first quarter.

Effective tax rate

The 2017 first quarter effective tax rate was 32.3%, compared to 35.2% in the 2016 first quarter.

Financial outlook

Rogers guides its 2017 second quarter net sales to a range of $190 to $200 million, including an unfavorable currency exchange rate impact of $5.2 million versus the 2016 second quarter. Rogers guides its 2017 second quarter earnings to a range of $0.98 to $1.08 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings are guided to a range of $1.16 to $1.26 per diluted share.

For the full year 2017, Rogers expects capital expenditures to be in a range of $30 to $35 million.

For the full year 2017, Rogers guides its normalized effective tax rate to a range of 32% to 33%.

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 Connecticut (USA), Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, and South Korea, with joint ventures and sales offices worldwide.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements, which may concern our plans, objectives, outlook, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, future restructuring, plans or intentions relating to expansions, business trends and other information that is not historical information. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this release and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Risks that could cause such results to differ include: failure to capitalize on, and volatility within, the Company's growth drivers, including internet connectivity, clean energy, and safety and protection, as well as specific market and industry trends within these growth drivers; business, economic and political conditions in the United States and abroad, particularly in China, South Korea, Germany, Hungary and Belgium, where we maintain significant manufacturing, sales or administrative operations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; research and development efforts; competitive developments; business development transactions and related integration considerations; the outcome of ongoing and future litigation, including our asbestos-related product liability litigation; and changes in laws and regulations applicable to our business. For additional information about the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect our business, please see our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rogers Corporation assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements contained herein except as required by law.

Conference call and additional information

A conference call to discuss 2017 first quarter results will be held tomorrow morning on Thursday April 27, 2017 at 9 am ET.

A live webcast and slide presentation will be available under the investors section of www.rogerscorp.com/ir.

To participate, please dial:

1-800-574-8929 Toll-free in the United States
1-973-935-8524 Internationally
There is no passcode for the live teleconference.

If you are unable to attend, a conference call playback will be available through May 3, 2017 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 98257454.

Additionally, a replay of the archived webcast will be available on the Rogers website approximately two hours following the webcast.

Additional information

Please contact the Company directly via email or visit the Rogers website.

Investor contact:

Jack Monti
Phone: 860-779-4726
Email: jack.monti@rogerscorp.com

Website address: http://www.rogerscorp.com


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