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Sypris Solutions, Inc. financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2018. While net revenue for the third quarter was relatively flat compared with the year-earlier quarter, the Company's overall gross margin improved versus the third quarter of 2017 and the net loss for the period narrowed significantly. These improvements continue to reflect the successful implementation of strategic initiatives to better align the Company's revenue and cost structure and diversify the Company’s book of business, both in terms of customers and markets.
- The Company’s gross margin increased to 5.7% of revenue, up 220 basis points from the third quarter of 2017.
- Revenue for Sypris Technologies increased 9.6% during the quarter compared with the prior-year period, reflecting the impact of new contract awards and favorable market conditions.
- Gross margin for Sypris Technologies increased to 8.9% of revenue, up from a loss of 4.2% for the prior-year period, reflecting the impact of increased revenue and significantly lower operating costs.
- Revenue for Sypris Electronics declined compared with the prior-year period, reflecting program delays and the short-term impact on sales from the delay in the receipt of certain electronic components.
- Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company entered into a series of supply agreements with Sistemas Automotrices de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (“Sisamex”), to supply Sisamex with a variety of driveline components for use in the commercial vehicle, agricultural and all-terrain markets.
- The Company announced its financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2018, with revenue forecasted to be in the range of $24-$26 million, representing top-line growth of 16% at the midpoint on a year-over-year basis, and gross profit forecasted to be in the range of 13%-15% of revenue.
- The Company’s initial outlook for 2019 includes revenue of $105-$110 million, representing 20% year-over-year growth at the midpoint, and gross margin of 15%-17%, with both business segments registering solid profitability.
“We were pleased with the year-over-year revenue growth and margin expansion at Sypris Technologies,” commented Jeffrey T. Gill, president and chief executive officer. “Shipment volumes remained strong in the quarter to support demand coming from the automotive and commercial vehicle markets, which experienced a 17% increase in shipments on a year-over-year basis. And with Class 8 order rates at record levels, we expect demand will remain high through 2019.
“We also experienced substantial strength in demand for our energy-related products, where orders increased 50% on a year-over-year basis. The strength in customer demand, however, did not translate into increased shipments during the quarter, which actually declined sequentially during the period as we confronted a number of production, supply and other issues that resulted in shipments being delayed into the fourth quarter.”
“Subsequent to quarter end, the Company entered into a series of agreements to continue to supply axle shafts to Sisamex, in addition to the introduction of new driveline products for use in the commercial vehicle, agricultural and all-terrain markets. Sisamex is a long-term strategic partner and expanding the range of products we supply further strengthens this relationship. We expect to begin production on the new products early in 2019,” he continued.
“We were challenged by continued customer delays on certain programs and material availability at Sypris Electronics, as well as the timing of the ramp-up on a large program that began late in the third quarter” he added. “Together, these challenges resulted in lower shipment levels than were otherwise planned. As the timely receipt of electronic components improves, customer product designs are tested and finalized, and with a new program now ramping up, we expect to see higher levels of shipments going forward, supported by our backlog.”
Concluding, Gill said, “We continue to see strong demand in each of our primary markets to support our revenue outlook for the balance of the year and into 2019. Our customer base and the markets we serve remain resilient and are considerably more diversified than at any point in our recent history. We are confident that the combination of our expected revenue growth and lower fixed manufacturing overhead costs, driven by our cost-reduction actions, will contribute to our return to profitability going forward.”
Third Quarter Results
The Company reported revenue of $21.1 million for the third quarter compared with $21.4 million for the prior-year period. Additionally, the Company reported a net loss of $2.3 million, or $0.11 per share, compared with a loss of $3.1 million, or $0.15 per share, for the prior-year period. The results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, included costs of $0.3 million related to preparing the Broadway facility for sale or other use. Results for the quarter ended October 1, 2017, included severance and relocation costs of $0.4 million related to the Broadway transition.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the Company reported revenue of $64.0 million compared with $60.8 million for the first nine months of 2017. The Company reported a net loss for the current nine-month period of $3.3 million, or $0.16 per share, compared with a net loss of $9.6 million, or $0.47 per share, for the prior-year period. Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, included an insurance recovery gain of $2.3 million, which was partially offset by a net loss of $0.2 million on the sale of excess equipment and costs of $1.1 million related to preparing the Broadway facility for sale or other use. Results for the nine months ended October 1, 2017, included net gains of $2.7 million related to the sale of excess equipment, which was partially offset by severance, relocation and other costs of $2.2 million.
Revenue for Sypris Technologies was $14.9 million in the third quarter compared with $13.5 million for the prior-year period, primarily reflecting an increase in demand from customers in the automotive and commercial vehicle markets. Gross profit for the quarter was $1.3 million, or 8.9% of revenue, compared with a loss of $0.6 million, or 4.2% of revenue, for the same period in 2017. Gross profit benefitted from the increase in volume as well as cost improvements realized following the transfer of production from our Broadway Plant, which was completed as of the end of 2017.
Revenue for Sypris Electronics was $6.2 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared with $7.8 million for the prior-year period. Revenue for the quarter was impacted by delays on certain programs, as the customer designs are tested and finalized, and shortages of certain electronic components in the electronics manufacturing industry. Gross profit for the quarter was a loss of $0.1 million compared with profit of $1.3 million for the prior-year period, primarily reflecting the lower volumes and changes in revenue mix.
Commenting on the future, Mr. Gill added, “Alongside current volume growth, we are poised to capitalize on additional opportunities across our markets for healthy, revenue expansion as we close 2018 and head into 2019. New contract awards and market expansion are expected to occur in each of our targeted markets for energy, automotive, commercial vehicle, and aerospace and defense products, as well as new electronics programs.
“Third-party forecasts for the Class 8 commercial vehicle market indicate freight volumes are now expected to be strong well into the second half of 2019. The energy market continues to benefit from increased demand and higher oil prices. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 provides nearly $700 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Defense, which is expected to support program growth and market expansion for Aerospace and Defense participants during the coming year. And, from a cost standpoint, we expect to benefit from significantly lower fixed overhead and production costs at Sypris Technologies, as well as from the elimination of severance and other expenses.
“Our revenue outlook for the fourth quarter is forecasted to be in the range of $24-$26 million, representing top-line growth of 16% at the midpoint on a year-over-year basis, and gross profit is forecasted to be in the range of 13%-15% of revenue. Our initial outlook for 2019 includes revenue of $105-$110 million and gross margin of 15%-17%, with both business segments registering solid profitability.”
About Sypris Solutions
Sypris Solutions is a diversified provider of truck components, oil and gas pipeline components, and aerospace and defense electronics. The Company performs a wide range of manufacturing services, often under multi-year, sole-source contracts. For more information about Sypris Solutions, click here.