Sypris Reports Q4 Results; Revenue Up 25.5%


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Sypris Solutions, Inc. reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2021.

  • Revenue for the fourth quarter increased 25.2% year-over-year, driven by a 30.0% increase at Sypris Electronics and a 21.7% increase at Sypris Technologies.
  • Gross profit increased 65.1% year-over-year, the result of an 83.5% increase at Sypris Electronics and a 51.5% increase at Sypris Technologies.
  • Gross margin increased 420 basis points to 17.1%, reflecting a 540-basis point expansion for Sypris Electronics and a 310-basis point increase for Sypris Technologies.
  • Earnings per diluted share rose 133.3% to $0.02 per share, up from a loss of $0.06 per share for the prior-year period, reflecting the combined strength of top line growth and margin expansion. EPS for the full year increased 62.5% to $0.13 per share, up from $0.08 per share for 2020.
  • Year-end backlog increased 56.8% when compared to the prior-year period, driven by a 46.1% increase in orders for the year at Sypris Electronics.

Sypris Electronics recently announced several important new contract awards, including the following:

  • A contract to manufacture and test embedded circuit card assemblies that will perform certain cryptographic functions for the Army Key Management System, with production to begin in 2022
  • A multi-year follow-on contract to produce and test electronic power supply modules for a large, mission-critical U.S. Navy program, which is expected to result in a meaningful step-up in shipments from existing levels beginning in 2022
  • A multi-year follow-on contract to produce and test a variety of electronic power supply modules for a mission-critical, long-range, precision-guided anti-ship missile system, which is forecast to result in a material increase in production volume from existing levels beginning in 2022.

Subsequent to quarter-end, Sypris Technologies announced a long-term, sole-source contract extension to provide drivetrain components for use in the production of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. In addition, the Company was awarded a new program to supply components for use in all-terrain vehicles.

The Company updated its outlook for 2022, with revenue now expected to increase 25% to 30% year-over-year, up from prior guidance of 25% in November. Gross margins are now expected to expand 200 to 250 basis points on the year, up from 200 basis points previously, while cash flow from operations is still forecast to increase materially year-over-year.

“We were pleased with our fourth quarter performance, as both segments reported strong double-digit growth in both revenue and gross profit while operating in an increasingly dynamic environment. Our teammates throughout the company simply did an excellent job and as a result, we are well-positioned for further growth in 2022,” commented Jeffrey T. Gill, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer.

“Full year revenue increased over 18% from the prior year, primarily driven by strong demand in the automotive, commercial vehicle, sport utility and off-highway markets served by Sypris Technologies. Our recent announcement of the long-term, sole-source contract extension with one of our key customers, when combined with the favorable outlook in our markets, provides Sypris Technologies with a solid path for additional growth going forward.”

“Backlog for Sypris Electronics reached its highest point in over a decade, with deliveries now scheduled well into 2023. Revenue in the fourth quarter increased 23% sequentially and 30% year-over-year, while recent contract wins are expected to provide meaningful growth to our top line during 2022. We have received customer support for multi-year material commitments to meet this growth, which is expected to help alleviate future potential production disruptions.”

“Our energy markets have strengthened, resulting in a much-improved fourth quarter for our energy products business when compared to the prior year. Additional opportunities for growth may exist with new projects in support of increasing oil and gas production. We are also actively pursuing applications for our products in new and adjacent markets to further diversify our market and customer portfolios.”

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

The Company reported revenue of $25.8 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $20.6 million for the prior-year period. Net income was $0.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.06 per share, for the prior-year period. Results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, include a loss of $0.6 million on the disposal of assets.

For the full-year 2021, the Company reported revenue of $97.4 million compared with $82.3 million for the prior year. Net income was $2.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for 2021 compared with $1.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the prior year. Results for 2021 include the recognition of a $3.6 million gain on the forgiveness of the Company’s PPP loan. Results for 2020 include an income tax benefit of $3.2 million, primarily from the release of a valuation allowance on certain foreign deferred tax assets, and net gains of $0.2 million from the sale of idle assets by Sypris Technologies.

Sypris Technologies

Revenue for Sypris Technologies was $14.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $12.1 million for the prior-year period, reflecting the positive impact of new programs, the strength of the commercial vehicle market and increased energy related product sales. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $2.3 million, or 15.8% of revenue, compared to $1.5 million, or 12.7% of revenue, for the same period in 2020. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was positively impacted by the increase in volume and a favorable product mix.

Sypris Electronics

Revenue for Sypris Electronics was $11.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $8.5 million for the prior-year period. Shipments under a full rate production contract ramped during the fourth quarter of 2021 along with increased shipments for a communications program, driving the increase in revenue. Supply chain constraints partially offset these gains, limiting shipments on certain other programs in the period. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $2.1 million, or 18.7% of revenue, compared to $1.1 million, or 13.3% of revenue, for the same period in 2020 due to higher volumes and a more favorable mix. Sypris Electronics secured favorable pricing from a customer on certain units shipped during the period on one of its multi-year programs. Additionally, a price increase was enacted during 2021 on another key multi-year program that will continue into 2022.

Outlook

Commenting on the future, Mr. Gill added, “Demand is up considerably from customers serving the automotive, commercial vehicle and sport utility markets, with Class 8 forecasts showing year-over-year production increases of 11.9% for 2022 and an additional 21.6% in 2023. Similarly, demand from customers in the defense and communications sector remains robust. While the outlook for the energy market is somewhat uncertain, we continue to secure new orders on important projects around the world.”

“We expect our backlog and markets to support continued revenue and earnings growth during 2022. We have updated our outlook accordingly, with revenue forecast to increase 25-30% year-over-year. We expect gross margin to follow suit, expanding 200-250 basis points in 2022 when compared to the prior year, while cash flow from operations is forecast to increase materially year-over-year supported by strong earnings growth.”

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