Viasystems Estimates First Quarter 2014 Net Sales and Operating Income

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ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Viasystems Group, Inc. (VIAS), a leading provider of complex multi-layer printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical solutions, today announced estimates of net sales and operating income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Highlights

  • Estimated net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, are expected to be in the range of $290 million to $300 million, representing a year-over-year increase range of 6% to 10% compared to the first quarter 2013, and representing a seasonal sequential decrease from the $303 million net sales reported for the immediately preceding quarter.
  • Estimated operating income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, is expected to be in the range of $4 million to $6 million, compared to operating income of $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2013.
  • After adjusting operating income to exclude approximately $25 million of estimated non-cash charges for depreciation and amortization and for stock compensation expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, estimated Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $29 million to $31 million.

The company will provide additional information on its regular first quarter earnings release and its first quarter 2014 earnings conference call, scheduled for mid-May. Viasystems will broadcast the call live via the Internet. The live listen-only audio of the conference will be available at the company’s website www.viasystems.com.

The estimated results in this release are preliminary and subject to completion and review of our full first quarter financial statements by our independent registered public accounting firm in conjunction with our 2014 first quarter Form 10-Q filing.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including “Adjusted EBITDA.”

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized financial measure under U.S. GAAP, and does not purport to be an alternative to operating income or an indicator of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is presented to enhance an understanding of operating results and is not intended to represent cash flows or results of operations. The Board of Directors, lenders and management use Adjusted EBITDA primarily as an additional measure of operating performance for matters including executive compensation and competitor comparisons. The use of this non-GAAP measure provides an indication of the company’s ability to service debt, and management considers it an appropriate measure to use because of the company’s leveraged position.

Adjusted EBITDA has certain material limitations, primarily due to the exclusion of certain amounts that are material to the company’s consolidated results of operations, such as interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the Adjusted EBITDA calculations reported by other companies in the industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

The company uses Adjusted EBITDA to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding operating performance and profitability by excluding from Adjusted EBITDA certain items that the company believes are not indicative of its ongoing operating results or will not impact future operating cash flows, which include restructuring and impairment charges, loss on early extinguishment of debt, stock compensation, costs associated with acquisitions and equity registrations, and other, net.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Viasystems regarding future events and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Statements regarding our expected performance in the future are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Viasystems undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from a variety of factors, including but not limited to: legal or regulatory proceedings; any actions taken by the company, including but not limited to, restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions); or developments beyond the company’s control, including but not limited to, changes in domestic or global economic conditions, competitive conditions and consumer preferences, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters, health concerns, international, political or military developments and technological developments. Additional factors that may cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are set forth under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by Viasystems with the SEC on February 14, 2014, and in Viasystems’ other filings made from time to time with the SEC and available at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov.

About Viasystems

Viasystems Group, Inc. is a technology leader and a worldwide provider of complex multi-layer rigid, flexible and rigid-flex printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). Its PCBs serve as the “electronic backbone” of almost all electronic equipment, and its E-M Solutions products and services include integration of PCBs and other components into finished or semi-finished electronic equipment, for which it also provides custom and standard metal enclosures, metal cabinets, metal racks and sub-racks, backplanes and busbars. Viasystems’ approximately 15,100 employees around the world serve over 1,000 customers in the automotive, industrial & instrumentation, computer and datacommunications, telecommunications, and military and aerospace end markets. For additional information about Viasystems, please visit the company’s website at www.viasystems.com.

Contact:
Viasystems Group, Inc.
Kelly Wetzler, 314-746-2217
SVP Corporate Development
kelly.wetzler@viasystems.com
or
Sapphire Investor Relations, LLC
Erica Mannion, 415-471-2700
Investor Relations
emannion@sapphireir.com

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