Sypris Reports Second Quarter Results


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Sypris Solutions, Inc. reported financial results for its second quarter ended July 4, 2021. 

  • Revenue for the second quarter increased 51.4% year-over-year and 30.0% sequentially, driven by the accelerating expansion of shipments at Sypris Technologies.
  • Gross profit increased 103.2% year-over-year and 137.3% sequentially, while gross margin expanded to 16.6%, up 420 basis points over the prior year and up 750 basis points sequentially, with both segments reporting margin expansion.
  • Earnings per diluted share rose to $0.17 per share, up from a loss of $0.02 per share in the prior-year period, reflecting strong revenue growth, positive operating performance and the forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).
  • Backlog for Sypris Electronics increased 29.3% year-over-year and 51.9% year-to-date on the strength of orders in the first half of 2021. Similarly, backlog for the energy products of Sypris Technologies increased 56.4% year-over-year and 32.3% year-to-date, while the order board from commercial vehicle customers continued to increase significantly.
  • Sypris Electronics revenue expanded 30.0% sequentially, while gross profit increased 179.1% and gross margin reached 20.4% of sales.
  • Sypris Technologies revenue increased 130.2% year-over-year and 29.9% sequentially, while gross profit surged and gross margin expanded significantly to 14.6%.
  • The Company updated its full-year outlook for 2021, with revenue now expected to increase 30-35% year-over-year, up from prior guidance of 25-30% in May and 20% in March. The continued improvement in the Company’s financial performance is expected to accelerate during the second half of 2021, with gross margin expected to expand 300-400 basis points over the comparable period of 2020. Cash flow from operations for 2021 is expected to increase significantly year-over-year.
  • Sypris Electronics announced a number of important contract awards during the quarter, including the following:
  • A contract to manufacture and test electronic assemblies for power management and other systems for a Deep Space program from a U.S. DOD prime contractor, with production to begin during 2021.
  • An agreement to manufacture and test electronic power supply modules for multiple high-reliability Subsea Communication Networks, with production to begin during 2021 and continue into 2022.
  • A full-rate production award from a U.S. DOD prime contractor to manufacture and test multiple electronic power supply modules for a large mission-critical Electronic Warfare program for the U.S. Navy, with production to begin during 2021.
  • Sypris Technologies announced awards for specialty high-pressure closures for use in two large projects, the Golden Pass LNG Export project and the Cherry Point Refinery Renewable Diesel Optimization project, with shipments expected to be completed during 2021.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, Sypris Electronics announced a contract award to manufacture and test embedded circuit card assemblies that will perform certain Cryptographic functions for the Army Key Management System, with production to begin during 2021.

“Both operating segments reported notable improvements in their financial results for the quarter, contributing to a strong quarter for the Company and positioning the business for further improvements during the second half. Backlog for Sypris Electronics is up 29.3% from the second quarter of 2020 and up 51.9% since the beginning of the year, while the OEM backlog of Class 8 commercial vehicles is estimated to be up 187% year-over-year,” commented Jeffrey T. Gill, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Backlog for Sypris Electronics in 2021 has reached its highest level in eleven years, with deliveries now scheduled well into 2022. Shipments increased during the second quarter, up 30.0% sequentially from the first quarter. We expect shipments from our recent contract wins to begin to contribute to revenue in the third quarter and provide meaningful sequential growth in the top line going forward.

“Demand from customers serving the automotive, commercial vehicle, sport utility and off-highway markets has continued to accelerate. Freight demand is currently overwhelming industry capacity, with supply chain constraints currently dictating OEM production levels. The continued strong outlook for these markets gives us a clear path to support our growth objectives going forward.

“As we discussed on our previous call, activity levels in the oil and gas industry remained challenging during the first half of 2021. However, steadily improving commodity prices, gradually reopening economies and increasing pipeline activity have resulted in increased orders recently, and we continue to anticipate year-over-year growth of our energy-related products.”

Concluding, Mr. Gill said, “Our customer base and the markets we serve are considerably more diversified than at any point in our recent history. As an essential business, we have a responsibility to ensure that our defense, communications, energy, and transportation sectors remain vibrant. We will continue to monitor developments, act promptly to mitigate risks and take the necessary steps required to ensure deliveries continue to be made to our customers in a timely manner.”

Second Quarter Results

The Company reported revenue of $26.0 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $17.2 million for the prior-year period. Additionally, the Company reported net income of $3.8 million for the second quarter of 2021, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.02 per share, for the prior-year period. Net income in the second quarter of 2021 included the recognition of a $3.6 million gain on the forgiveness of the Company’s PPP loan. Results for the second quarter of 2020 include net gains of $0.8 million from the sale of idle assets by Sypris Technologies.

For the six months ended July 4, 2021, the Company reported revenue of $46.0 million compared with $39.6 million for the first half of 2020. The Company reported net income of $2.2 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per share, for the prior year period. Results for the six months ended July 4, 2021, include the gain from the forgiveness of the Company’s PPP loan noted above. Results for the six months ended July 5, 2020, include gains of $1.0 million from the sale of idle assets by Sypris Technologies.

Sypris Technologies

Revenue for Sypris Technologies was $17.1 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $7.4 million for the prior-year period, reflecting the positive impact of new programs and the strength of the commercial vehicle market to drive revenue to its highest quarterly level since the first quarter of 2016. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2021 was $2.5 million, or 14.6% of revenue, compared to $0.2 million, or 3.1% of revenue, for the same period in 2020. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2021 benefitted from the significant increase in shipments, higher levels of fixed cost absorption and greatly improved productivity.

Sypris Electronics

Revenue for Sypris Electronics was $8.8 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $9.7 million for the prior-year period. Shipments during the second quarter of 2021 were lower than the prior-year period as production tapered down on a limited rate production contract for a key program that is expected to ramp up beginning late in the third quarter as full rate production is launched. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2021 was $1.8 million, or 20.4% of revenue, compared to $1.9 million, or 19.5% of revenue, for the same period in 2020.

Outlook

Commenting on the future, Mr. Gill added, “Demand has strengthened significantly from customers serving the automotive, commercial vehicle and sport utility markets, with Class 8 forecasts showing year-over-year production increases of over 34.6% for 2021 and an additional 24.6% in 2022. Similarly, demand from customers in the defense and communications sector remains robust. While the energy market continues to be volatile, we continue to secure new orders on important projects around the world.

“The second quarter marks the turning point for the Company. We expect the significant growth in orders and strength of our markets to have a substantial impact on our financial results through the second half of the year, with a strong rise in revenue, margins and income forecast for the period and continuing going forward.

“As a result, we have updated our outlook to include a 30-35% growth in the Company’s top line in 2021, which is up from our previous guidance of 25-30% in May and 20% in March. Gross margin is forecast to expand 300 to 400 basis points year-over-year during the second half of 2021, which is expected to contribute to strong double-digit percentage growth in cash flow generated from operations for the full year. 

“We remain focused on meeting the important needs of our customers who serve defense, communications, energy, transportation, and other critical infrastructure industries. With a strong backlog and recovering markets, we believe that the remainder of 2021 has the potential to be very positive for Sypris.”

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