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Belden Reports Strong Results for First Quarter 2021

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Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a leading global supplier of specialty networking solutions, today reported fiscal first quarter 2021 results for the period ended April 4, 2021.

First Quarter 2021

Revenues for the quarter totaled $536.4 million, increasing $72.9 million, or 15.7%, compared to $463.5 million in the year-ago period. Net income was $28.7 million, compared to $14.9 million in the prior-year period. Net income as a percentage of revenue was 5.4% compared to 3.2% in the prior-year period. EPS totaled $0.64 compared to $0.33 in the first quarter 2020.

Adjusted revenues for the quarter also totaled $536.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $80.1 million, increasing $19.3 million, or 31.7%, compared to $60.8 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 14.9%, compared to 13.1% in the prior-year period. Adjusted EPS was $0.94, increasing 40.3% compared to $0.67 in the first quarter 2020. Adjusted results are non-GAAP measures, and a non-GAAP reconciliation table is provided as an appendix to this release.

Roel Vestjens, President and CEO of Belden Inc., said, "Demand trends continued to improve in the first quarter, and I am pleased to report total revenues and EPS that exceeded the high end of our guidance ranges. Organic growth is a key priority, and first quarter revenues increased 16% overall and 8% on an organic basis, resulting in robust margin expansion and earnings growth."

Outlook

"End market conditions are improving, and I am encouraged by our recent order rates and solid execution. We are increasing our full year 2021 guidance to reflect better than expected performance in the first quarter and an improved outlook for the remainder of the year. We are aligning our portfolio around markets with favorable secular trends and positioning the Company to drive healthy organic growth and meaningful margin expansion. I am confident that we have the management team, strategy, and business system to deliver on our commitments and drive compelling returns for our shareholders," said Mr. Vestjens.

The Company expects second quarter 2021 revenues to be $535 - $550 million. For the year ending December 31, 2021, the Company now expects revenues to be $2.130 - $2.180 billion, compared to prior guidance of $1.990 - $2.050 billion.

The Company expects second quarter 2021 GAAP EPS to be $0.38 - $0.48. For the year ending December 31, 2021, the Company now expects GAAP EPS to be $1.97 - $2.27, compared to prior guidance of $1.70 - $2.10.

The Company expects second quarter 2021 adjusted EPS to be $0.88 - $0.98. For the year ending December 31, 2021, the Company now expects adjusted EPS to be $3.50 - $3.80, compared to prior guidance of $2.90 - $3.30.

Earnings Conference Call

Management will host a conference call today at 8:30 am ET to discuss results of the quarter. The listen-only audio of the conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet at https://investor.belden.com. The dial-in number for participants is 800-353-6461, with confirmation code 6951226. A replay of this conference call will remain accessible in the investor relations section of the Company’s website for a limited time.

Net Income and Earnings per Share (EPS)

All references to net income and EPS within this earnings release refer to income from continuing operations and income from continuing operations per diluted share attributable to Belden stockholders, respectively.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adjusted results are non-GAAP measures that reflect certain adjustments the Company makes to provide insight into operating results. GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations accompany the condensed consolidated financial statements included in this release and have been published to the investor relations section of the Company’s website at https://investor.belden.com.

BELDEN INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

April 4, 2021

March 29, 2020

(In thousands, except per share data)

Revenues

$

536,381

$

463,526

Cost of sales

(345,037

)

(293,025

)

Gross profit

191,344

170,501

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(98,449

)

(98,389

)

Research and development expenses

(31,500

)

(26,219

)

Amortization of intangibles

(9,947

)

(16,185

)

Operating income

51,448

29,708

Interest expense, net

(15,511

)

(13,324

)

Non-operating pension benefit

684

699

Income from continuing operations before taxes

36,621

17,083

Income tax expense

(7,880

)

(2,192

)

Income from continuing operations

28,741

14,891

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

(26,110

)

Net income (loss)

28,741

(11,219

)

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

75

(30

)

Net income (loss) attributable to Belden stockholders

$

28,666

$

(11,189

)

Weighted average number of common shares and equivalents:

Basic

44,679

45,390

Diluted

45,045

45,538

Basic income (loss) per share attributable to Belden stockholders:

Continuing operations

$

0.64

$

0.33

Discontinued operations

(0.58

)

Net income (loss)

$

0.64

$

(0.25

)

Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Belden stockholders:

Continuing operations

$

0.64

$

0.33

Discontinued operations

(0.58

)

Net income (loss)

$

0.64

$

(0.25

)

Common stock dividends declared per share

$

0.05

$

0.05

BELDEN INC.

OPERATING SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

Enterprise Solutions

Industrial Solutions

Total Segments

(In thousands, except percentages)

For the three months ended April 4, 2021

Segment Revenues

$

226,355

$

310,026

$

536,381

Segment EBITDA

28,106

51,363

79,469

Segment EBITDA margin

12.4

%

16.6

%

14.8

%

Depreciation expense

5,350

6,210

11,560

Amortization of intangibles

4,336

5,611

9,947

Amortization of software development intangible assets

32

657

689

Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs

1,915

3,256

5,171

Adjustments related to acquisitions and divestitures

(6,286

)

6,907

621

For the three months ended March 29, 2020

Segment Revenues

$

212,213

$

251,313

$

463,526

Segment EBITDA

24,712

35,527

60,239

Segment EBITDA margin

11.6

%

14.1

%

13.0

%

Depreciation expense

5,081

5,201

10,282

Amortization of intangibles

5,504

10,681

16,185

Amortization of software development intangible assets

55

275

330

Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs

2,550

1,069

3,619

Adjustments related to acquisitions and divestitures

20

20

BELDEN INC.

OPERATING SEGMENT RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

April 4, 2021

March 29, 2020

(In thousands)

Total Segment Revenues

$

536,381

$

463,526

Deferred revenue adjustments

Consolidated Revenues

$

536,381

$

463,526

Total Segment EBITDA

$

79,469

$

60,239

Eliminations

(33

)

(95

)

Total non-operating pension benefit

684

699

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (1)

80,120

60,843

Interest expense, net

(15,511

)

(13,324

)

Depreciation expense

(11,560

)

(10,282

)

Amortization of intangibles

(9,947

)

(16,185

)

Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs

(5,171

)

(3,619

)

Amortization of software development intangible assets

(689

)

(330

)

Adjustments related to acquisitions and divestitures

(621

)

(20

)

Income from continuing operations before taxes

$

36,621

$

17,083

(1)

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures for additional information.

BELDEN INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

April 4, 2021

December 31, 2020

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

370,552

$

501,994

Receivables, net

342,416

296,817

Inventories, net

275,405

247,298

Other current assets

59,741

52,289

Current assets held for sale

16,279

Total current assets

1,064,393

1,098,398

Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation

356,780

368,620

Operating lease right-of-use assets

54,660

54,787

Goodwill

1,284,913

1,251,938

Intangible assets, less accumulated amortization

309,618

287,071

Deferred income taxes

29,114

29,536

Other long-lived assets

48,190

49,384

$

3,147,668

$

3,139,734

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

250,426

$

244,120

Accrued liabilities

252,025

276,641

Current liabilities held for sale

5,555

Total current liabilities

508,006

520,761

Long-term debt

1,509,708

1,573,726

Postretirement benefits

154,171

160,400

Deferred income taxes

43,101

38,400

Long-term operating lease liabilities

45,642

46,398

Other long-term liabilities

41,580

42,998

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock

503

503

Additional paid-in capital

827,271

823,605

Retained earnings

477,279

450,876

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(138,126

)

(191,851

)

Treasury stock

(327,835

)

(332,552

)

Total Belden stockholders’ equity

839,092

750,581

Noncontrolling interests

6,368

6,470

Total stockholders’ equity

845,460

757,051

$

3,147,668

$

3,139,734

BELDEN INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

April 4, 2021

March 29, 2020

(In thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income (loss)

$

28,741

$

(11,219

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used for operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

22,196

26,798

Share-based compensation

7,285

3,708

Asset impairment

6,995

23,197

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of the effects of currency exchange rate changes, acquired businesses and disposals:

Receivables

(50,208

)

43,627

Inventories

(19,313

)

(29,054

)

Accounts payable

3,269

(50,827

)

Accrued liabilities

(30,765

)

(38,425

)

Income taxes

1,416

(16,500

)

Other assets

(4,226

)

6,144

Other liabilities

(6,885

)

(9,501

)

Net cash used for operating activities

(41,495

)

(52,052

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Cash from (used for) business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(72,232

)

590

Capital expenditures

(11,223

)

(20,935

)

Proceeds from disposal of tangible assets

12

2,090

Proceeds from disposal of business

1,106

Net cash used for investing activities

(82,337

)

(18,255

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Cash dividends paid

(2,246

)

(2,296

)

Payments under borrowing arrangements

(1,841

)

Withholding tax payments for share-based payment awards

(905

)

(1,003

)

Other

(43

)

(58

)

Payment of earnout consideration

(29,300

)

Payments under share repurchase program

(21,239

)

Net cash used for financing activities

(5,035

)

(53,896

)

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(2,277

)

(7,947

)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(131,144

)

(132,150

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

501,994

425,885

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

370,850

$

293,735

The Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement for the period ended March 29, 2020 includes the results of discontinued operations, which were sold on July 2, 2020.

BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, we provide non-GAAP operating results adjusted for certain items, including: asset impairments; accelerated depreciation expense due to plant consolidation activities; purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, such as the adjustment of acquired inventory and deferred revenue to fair value and transaction costs; severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs; gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of businesses and tangible assets; amortization of intangible assets; gains (losses) on debt extinguishment; certain revenues and gains (losses) from patent settlements; discontinued operations; and other costs. We adjust for the items listed above in all periods presented, unless the impact is clearly immaterial to our financial statements. When we calculate the tax effect of the adjustments, we include all current and deferred income tax expense commensurate with the adjusted measure of pre-tax profitability.

We utilize the adjusted results to review our ongoing operations without the effect of these adjustments and for comparison to budgeted operating results. We believe the adjusted results are useful to investors because they help them compare our results to previous periods and provide important insights into underlying trends in the business and how management oversees our business operations on a day-to-day basis. As an example, we adjust for the purchase accounting effect of recording deferred revenue at fair value in order to reflect the revenues that would have otherwise been recorded by acquired businesses had they remained as independent entities. We believe this presentation is useful in evaluating the underlying performance of acquired companies. Similarly, we adjust for other acquisition-related expenses, such as amortization of intangibles and other impacts of fair value adjustments because they generally are not related to the acquired business' core business performance. As an additional example, we exclude the costs of restructuring programs, which can occur from time to time for our current businesses and/or recently acquired businesses. We exclude the costs in calculating adjusted results to allow us and investors to evaluate the performance of the business based upon its expected ongoing operating structure. We believe the adjusted measures, accompanied by the disclosure of the costs of these programs, provides valuable insight.

Adjusted results should be considered only in conjunction with results reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Three Months Ended

April 4, 2021

March 29, 2020

(In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)

GAAP and adjusted revenues

$

536,381

$

463,526

GAAP gross profit

$

191,344

$

170,501

Adjustments related to acquisitions and divestitures

816

20

Amortization of software development intangible assets

689

330

Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs

260

45

Adjusted gross profit

$

193,109

$

170,896

GAAP gross profit margin

35.7

%

36.8

%

Adjusted gross profit margin

36.0

%

36.9

%

GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses

$

(98,449

)

$

(98,389

)

Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs

4,911

3,574

Adjustments related to acquisitions and divestitures

(195

)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

$

(93,733

)

$

(94,815

)

GAAP and adjusted research and development expenses

$

(31,500

)

$

(26,219

)

GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Belden stockholders

$

28,666

$

(11,189

)

Interest expense, net

15,511

13,324

Income tax expense

7,880

2,192

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

26,110

Noncontrolling interest

75

(30

)

Total non-operating adjustments

23,466

41,596

Amortization of intangible assets

9,947

16,185

Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs

5,171

3,619

Amortization of software development intangible assets

689

330

Adjustments related to acquisitions and divestitures

621

20

Total operating income adjustments

16,428

20,154

Depreciation expense

11,560

10,282

Adjusted EBITDA

$

80,120

$

60,843

GAAP net income (loss) margin

5.3

%

(2.4

)%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

14.9

%

13.1

%

GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Belden stockholders

$

28,666

$

(11,189

)

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

26,110

GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to Belden stockholders

$

28,666

$

14,921

GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Belden stockholders

$

28,666

$

(11,189

)

Operating income adjustments from above

16,428

20,154

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

26,110

Tax effect of adjustments above

(2,688

)

(4,595

)

Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to Belden stockholders

$

42,406

$

30,480

GAAP income from continuing operations per diluted share attributable to Belden stockholders

$

0.64

$

0.33

Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share attributable to Belden stockholders

$

0.94

$

0.67

GAAP and adjusted diluted weighted average shares

45,045

45,538

BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)

We define free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash from operating activities adjusted for capital expenditures net of the proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets. We believe free cash flow provides useful information to investors regarding our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for acquisitions and other investments, service of debt principal, dividends and share repurchases. We use free cash flow, as defined, as one financial measure to monitor and evaluate performance and liquidity. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered only in conjunction with financial measures reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Our definition of free cash flow may differ from definitions used by other companies.

Three Months Ended

April 4, 2021

March 29, 2020

(In thousands)

GAAP net cash used for operating activities

$

(41,495

)

$

(52,052

)

Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets

(11,211

)

(18,845

)

Non-GAAP free cash flow

$

(52,706

)

$

(70,897

)

BELDEN INC.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

2021 Earnings Guidance

Year Ended

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2021

July 4, 2021

(In thousands)

GAAP income from continuing operations per diluted share attributable to Belden common stockholders

$1.97 - $2.27

$0.38 - $0.48

Amortization of intangible assets

0.81

0.21

Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs

0.62

0.21

Adjustments related to acquisitions and divestitures

0.10

0.08

Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share attributable to Belden common stockholders

$3.50 - $3.80

$0.88 - $0.98

Our guidance for income from continuing operations per diluted share attributable to Belden common stockholders is based upon information currently available regarding events and conditions that will impact our future operating results. In particular, our results are subject to the factors listed under "Forward-Looking Statements" in this release. In addition, our actual results are likely to be impacted by other additional events for which information is not available, such as asset impairments, purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs, gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of tangible assets, gains (losses) on debt extinguishment, discontinued operations, and other gains (losses) related to events or conditions that are not yet known.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release and any statements made by us concerning the subject matter of this release may contain forward-looking statements, including our expectations for the second quarter and full-year 2021 and the results of our restructuring program. Forward-looking statements also include any statements regarding future financial performance (including revenues, expenses, earnings, margins, cash flows, dividends, capital expenditures and financial condition), plans and objectives, and related assumptions. In some cases these statements are identifiable through the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "guide," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "target," "can," "could," "may," "should," "will," "would" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and expectations and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those suggested by any forward-looking statements for a number of reasons, including, without limitation: the lack of certainty as to the duration and magnitude of the impact of COVID-19 and the economic recovery from that impact; the impact of a challenging global economy or a downturn in served markets; disruptions in the Company’s information systems including due to cyber-attacks leading to exposures of personally identifiable information; changes in tax laws and variability in the Company’s quarterly and annual effective tax rates; the cost and availability of raw materials including copper, plastic compounds, electronic components, and other materials; the inability to obtain components in sufficient quantities on commercially reasonable terms; the competitiveness of the global markets in which we operate; difficulty in forecasting revenue due to the unpredictable timing of orders related to customer projects as well as the impacts of channel inventory; the presence of substitute products in the marketplace; the increased prevalence of cloud computing; the inability of the Company to develop and introduce new products and competitive responses to our products; the increased influence of chief information officers on purchasing decisions; the inability to execute and realize the expected benefits from strategic initiatives (including revenue growth, cost control, and productivity improvement programs); the inability to achieve our strategic priorities in emerging markets; the inability to successfully complete and integrate acquisitions in furtherance of the Company’s strategic plan; foreign and domestic political, economic and other uncertainties, including changes in currency exchange rates; the impact of changes in global tariffs and trade agreements; volatility in credit and foreign exchange markets; the presence of activists proposing certain actions by the Company; perceived or actual product failures; risks related to the use of open source software; disruption of, or changes in, the Company’s key distribution channels; the inability to retain key employees; assertions that the Company violates the intellectual property of others and the ownership of intellectual property by competitors and others that prevents the use of that intellectual property by the Company; the impact of regulatory requirements and other legal compliance issues; the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets and the resulting impact on financial performance; disruptions and increased costs attendant to collective bargaining groups and other labor matters; and other factors.

For a more complete discussion of risk factors, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on February 16, 2021. Although the content of this release represents our best judgment as of the date of this report based on information currently available and reasonable assumptions, we give no assurances that the expectations will prove to be accurate. Deviations from the expectations may be material. For these reasons, Belden cautions readers to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Belden disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Belden

Belden Inc. delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial and enterprise markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com or follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc.

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