Rogers Corporation Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

Release Date: 04/29/2021

Advanced Mobility Growth And Market Recovery Drives Strong Financial Results

Chandler, Arizona, April 29, 2021: Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2021.

“Rogers delivered strong first quarter sales and earnings, driven by the continued execution of our growth strategy and operational excellence initiatives,” stated Bruce D. Hoechner, Rogers' President and CEO. “Accelerating demand for our innovative solutions in Advanced Mobility markets and a broad recovery in industrial demand were the primary catalysts for the sales increase. We continue to see robust market demand looking forward, but anticipate that global supply chain disruptions and the ongoing recovery of UTIS manufacturing will temper sales growth for the second quarter. We remain enthusiastic about the significant growth opportunities in Advanced Mobility and we are aggressively expanding capacity to capitalize on this opportunity, in addition to focusing on growth opportunities in our other core markets.”

Financial Overview

GAAP Results Q1 2021 Q4 2020 Q1 2020
Net Sales ($M) $229.3 $210.7 $198.8
Gross Margin 39.0% 38.3% 33.0%
Operating Margin 16.2% 9.5% 8.8%
Net Income ($M) $31.2 $15.2 $13.3
Diluted Earnings Per Share $1.66 $0.81 $0.71
Non-GAAP Results1 Q1 2021 Q4 2020 Q1 2020
Adjusted Operating Margin 19.0% 18.4% 11.3%
Adjusted Net Income ($M) $36.0 $29.7 $17.2
Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share $1.92 $1.58 $0.92
Adjusted EBITDA ($M) $59.8 $53.2 $33.4
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 26.1% 25.3% 16.8%
Free Cash Flow ($M) $32.9 $39.9 $(2.5)
Net Sales by Operating Segment (dollars in millions) Q1 2021 Q4 2020 Q1 2020
Advanced Electronics Solutions (AES)2 $131.9 $119.6 $111.3
Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS) $91.8 $86.6 $83.5
Other $5.5 $4.5 $4.0

1 - A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is provided in the schedules included below.

2 - The AES business segment was formed in the first quarter of 2021 through the combination of the Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) and Power Electronics Solutions (PES) businesses. Prior period consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

Q1 2021 Summary of Results

Net sales of $229.3 million increased 8.8% versus the prior quarter from higher sales in both the AES and EMS business units. AES net sales increased due to strong demand for ADAS applications and higher sales in the EV/HEV, clean energy, defense and wireless infrastructure markets. EMS net sales increased from strong demand in the EV/HEV, traditional automotive and general industrial markets, partially offset by a seasonal decline in portable electronics market sales. Currency exchange rates favorably impacted total company net sales in the first quarter of 2021 by $3.1 million compared to prior quarter net sales.

Gross margin was 39.0%, compared to 38.3% in the prior quarter. The increase in gross margin was due to higher volumes and operational cost savings, partially offset by commodity price increases, higher freight costs and unfavorable product mix.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased by $7.6 million from the prior quarter to $42.4 million. The decrease in SG&A expense was due to a reduction in accelerated intangible amortization expense, partially offset by higher compensation and benefits costs.

GAAP operating margin of 16.2% increased by 670 basis points sequentially primarily due to the improved gross margin and reduction in SG&A expenses and restructuring charges. Adjusted operating margin of 19.0% increased by 60 basis points versus the prior quarter, primarily as a result of improved gross margin.

GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.66, compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.81 in the previous quarter. The increase in GAAP earnings resulted from higher net sales, improved gross margin and lower SG&A expense and restructuring related charges. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.92 per diluted share compared to adjusted earnings of $1.58 per diluted share in the prior quarter. The increase in adjusted earnings per diluted share resulted from higher net sales and improved gross margin.

Ending cash and cash equivalents were $199.1 million, an increase of $7.3 million versus the prior quarter. The Company generated free cash flow of approximately $32.9 million in the first quarter of 2021. Net cash provided by operating activities of $36.5 million was offset by $21.0 million of principal payments made on the outstanding borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility and capital expenditures of $3.6 million. At the end of the first quarter of 2021, cash exceeded borrowings by $195.1 million..

  Q2 2021
Net Sales ($M) $230 to $240
Gross Margin 38.5% to 39.5%
Earnings Per Share $1.58 to $1.73
Adjusted Earnings Per Share1 $1.80 to $1.95
  2021
Effective Tax Rate 23% - 24%
Capital Expenditures ($M) $70 to $80

1 - A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is provided in the schedules included below

About Rogers Corporation

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) is a global leader in engineered materials to power, protect and connect our world. Rogers delivers innovative solutions to help our customers solve their toughest material challenges. Rogers’ advanced electronic and elastomeric materials are used in applications for EV/HEV, automotive safety and radar systems, mobile devices, renewable energy, wireless infrastructure, energy-efficient motor drives, industrial equipment and more. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Asia and Europe, with sales offices worldwide.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements, which concern our plans, objectives, outlook, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, 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 those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause such results to differ include: the duration and impacts of the novel coronavirus global pandemic and efforts to contain its transmission and distribute vaccines, including the effect of these factors on our business, suppliers, customers, end users and economic conditions generally; failure to capitalize on, volatility within, or other adverse changes with respect to the Company's growth drivers, including advanced mobility and advanced connectivity, such as delays in adoption or implementation of new technologies; uncertain business, economic and political conditions in the United States (U.S.) and abroad, particularly in China, South Korea, Germany, Hungary and Belgium, where we maintain significant manufacturing, sales or administrative operations; the trade policy dynamics between the U.S. and China reflected in trade agreement negotiations and the imposition of tariffs and other trade restrictions, including trade restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei); fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; our ability to develop innovative products and the extent to which our products are incorporated into end-user products and systems and the extent to which end-user products and systems incorporating our products achieve commercial success; the ability of our sole or limited source suppliers to deliver certain key raw materials, including commodities, to us in a timely and cost-effective manner; intense global competition affecting both our existing products and products currently under development; business interruptions due to catastrophes or other similar events, such as natural disasters, war, terrorism or public health crises; failure to realize, or delays in the realization of anticipated benefits of acquisitions and divestitures due to, among other things, the existence of unknown liabilities or difficulty integrating acquired businesses; our ability to attract and retain management and skilled technical personnel; our ability to protect our proprietary technology from infringement by third parties and/or allegations that our technology infringes third party rights; changes in effective tax rates or tax laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate; failure to comply with financial and restrictive covenants in our credit agreement or restrictions on our operational and financial flexibility due to such covenants; the outcome of ongoing and future litigation, including our asbestos-related product liability litigation; changes in environmental laws and regulations applicable to our business; and disruptions in, or breaches of, our information technology systems. 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 reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. 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 the results for the first quarter of 2021 will take place today, Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5pm ET.

A live webcast of the event and the accompanying presentation can be accessed on the Rogers Corporation website at https://www.rogerscorp.com/investors..

An audio replay of the conference call will be available from April 29, 2021 at approximately 8 pm ET through May 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET, by dialing 1-888-203-1112 from the United States, and entering the replay passcode of 9167045.

Additionally, the archived webcast will be available on the Rogers website at approximately 8 pm ET on April 29, 2021.

Additional information

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

Investor contact:

Steve Haymore
Phone: 480-917-6026
Email: stephen.haymore@rogerscorporation.com

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

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