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Key Tronic Corporation, a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), announced its results for the quarter and the year ended April 2, 2022.
For the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, Keytronic reported total revenue of $138.4 million, up 3% from $134.6 million in the same period of fiscal year 2021. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2022, total revenue was $405.6 million, up 5% from $386.1 million in the same period of fiscal year 2021. While year-over-year sales have increased, customer demand has been even higher but production continues to be constrained by global supply chain and transportation issues. In the coming quarters, the Company expects to ramp a number of new programs, including the previously announced program with a leading power equipment company in its Mexico facility during the first part of the next fiscal year.
During third quarter of fiscal year 2022, the results were again impacted by intermittent parts supply, factory downtime and overtime expenses. The Company’s facilities in Shanghai, China were closed for a portion of the third quarter by a mandated COVID shutdown, although we expect operations to resume shortly. Legal costs related specifically to the SEC’s review of last year’s whistleblower complaint totaled approximately $0.06 per diluted share during the quarter and we expect legal costs to potentially continue at a similar pace in coming periods.
Despite these headwinds, the Company slightly improved its margins when compared to the previous year. For the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, the Company’s gross margin was 8.3% and operating margin was 2.0%, compared to a gross margin of 8.2% and an operating margin of 1.9% in the same period of fiscal year 2021.
For the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, net income was $1.0 million or $0.09 per share, up 16% from $0.9 million or $0.08 per share for the same period of fiscal year 2021. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2022, net income was $2.4 million or $0.22 per share, compared to $4.2 million or $0.38 per share for the same period of fiscal year 2021.
“We’re pleased with the successful ramp of new programs and our expanding customer base in the third quarter of fiscal 2022, despite the continued headwinds from the global supply chain challenges,” said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time, global logistics problems and heightened assurance of supply concerns continue to drive the favorable trend of contract manufacturing returning to North America. We believe we are well positioned to benefit from this growing demand.”
“During the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, we won new programs involving outdoor recreation, RFID, industrial connectivity and electric mobility products. While the global supply chain and COVID-19 crises continue to present uncertainty and multiple business challenges in the fourth quarter, we see the potential for significant growth in fiscal 2023 and beyond.”
For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, Keytronic expects to report revenue in the range of $125 million to $135 million, and earnings in the range of $0.04 to $0.10 per diluted share. Despite growing customer demand and backlog, the Company expects that the ongoing disruptions from the global supply chain and COVID-19 issues will continue to significantly limit production and adversely impact operating efficiencies, particularly for our China-based facilities. These expected results assume an effective tax rate of approximately 20% for the full fiscal year.