CTS Reports Significant Growth in 2015 New Business Awards

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CTS Corporation today announced fourth quarter and full year 2015 results.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

  • Sales were $93.3 million, up 2.9% from the third quarter 2015. Fourth quarter sales to automotive customers increased 2.6%, and sales of electronic components were up 3.7% from the third quarter of 2015. Sales were down 7.1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • GAAP loss was $13.7 million or $0.42 per share compared to earnings of $7.0 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2014. Included in the fourth quarter 2015 GAAP loss were discrete tax charges of $0.34 and restructuring related charges of $0.28.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.20 versus $0.24 in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, balance sheet currency translation impacted earnings per share unfavorably by $0.04.

CTS received $105 million in new business awards in the fourth quarter, up 10% from $95 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Full Year 2015 Results

  • Sales were $382.3 million, down 5.4% compared to 2014. Currency impacted total year 2015 sales unfavorably by $7.8 million. 2015 sales to automotive customers declined 5.5%. Sales of electronic components declined 5.1%.
  • GAAP earnings were $7.0 million or $0.21 per diluted share compared to $26.5 million or $0.78 per diluted share in 2014.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.93 versus $0.97 in 2014.
  • Cash flow from operations was $39 million in 2015, up 19% from $32 million in 2014.

CTS received $560 million in new business awards for 2015, up 16% from $484 million in 2014.

“CTS had a challenging 2015, and we were disappointed with our revenue performance. However, we achieved a number of significant accomplishments during the year. We improved our gross margin. We also successfully completed the transition of manufacturing from our plant in Canada, added several new customers, and acquired new technology and IP as part of our strategic plans,” said Kieran O’Sullivan, CEO of CTS Corporation. “We had a record year for new business awards with an increase of 16% year-over-year. We are building backlog and staying on course towards our long-term strategic growth objectives.”

2016 Guidance

Management expects full year 2016 sales in the range of $390 to $400 million. This represents growth of 2-5% from 2015. Adjusted earnings per diluted share for 2016 are expected to be in the range of $0.95 to $1.05.

About CTS

CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators and electronic components to OEMs in the aerospace, communications, defense, industrial, information technology, medical and transportation markets. CTS manufactures products in North America, Europe and Asia.



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