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Advanced Mobility Growth And Market Recovery Drives Strong Financial Results

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2021.

"Rogers delivered strong first quarter sales and earnings, driven by the continued execution of our growth strategy and operational excellence initiatives," stated Bruce D. Hoechner, Rogers' President and CEO. "Accelerating demand for our innovative solutions in Advanced Mobility markets and a broad recovery in industrial demand were the primary catalysts for the sales increase. We continue to see robust market demand looking forward, but anticipate that global supply chain disruptions and the ongoing recovery of UTIS manufacturing will temper sales growth for the second quarter. We remain enthusiastic about the significant growth opportunities in Advanced Mobility and we are aggressively expanding capacity to capitalize on this opportunity, in addition to focusing on growth opportunities in our other core markets."

Financial Overview

GAAP Results

Q1 2021

Q4 2020

Q1 2020

Net Sales ($M)

$229.3

$210.7

$198.8

Gross Margin

39.0%

38.3%

33.0%

Operating Margin

16.2%

9.5%

8.8%

Net Income ($M)

$31.2

$15.2

$13.3

Diluted Earnings Per Share

$1.66

$0.81

$0.71

Non-GAAP Results1

Q1 2021

Q4 2020

Q1 2020

Adjusted Operating Margin

19.0%

18.4%

11.3%

Adjusted Net Income ($M)

$36.0

$29.7

$17.2

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share

$1.92

$1.58

$0.92

Adjusted EBITDA ($M)

$59.8

$53.2

$33.4

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

26.1%

25.3%

16.8%

Free Cash Flow ($M)

$32.9

$39.9

$(2.5)

Net Sales by Operating Segment (dollars in millions)

Q1 2021

Q4 2020

Q1 2020

Advanced Electronics Solutions (AES)2

$131.9

$119.6

$111.3

Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS)

$91.8

$86.6

$83.5

Other

$5.5

$4.5

$4.0

1 - A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is provided in the schedules included below

2 - The AES business segment was formed in the first quarter of 2021 through the combination of the Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) and Power Electronics Solutions (PES) businesses. Prior period consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

Q1 2021 Summary of Results

Net sales of $229.3 million increased 8.8% versus the prior quarter from higher sales in both the AES and EMS business units. AES net sales increased due to strong demand for ADAS applications and higher sales in the EV/HEV, clean energy, defense and wireless infrastructure markets. EMS net sales increased from strong demand in the EV/HEV, traditional automotive and general industrial markets, partially offset by a seasonal decline in portable electronics market sales. Currency exchange rates favorably impacted total company net sales in the first quarter of 2021 by $3.1 million compared to prior quarter net sales.

Gross margin was 39.0%, compared to 38.3% in the prior quarter. The increase in gross margin was due to higher volumes and operational cost savings, partially offset by commodity price increases, higher freight costs and unfavorable product mix.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased by $7.6 million from the prior quarter to $42.4 million. The decrease in SG&A expense was due to a reduction in accelerated intangible amortization expense, partially offset by higher compensation and benefits costs.

GAAP operating margin of 16.2% increased by 670 basis points sequentially primarily due to the improved gross margin and reduction in SG&A expenses and restructuring charges. Adjusted operating margin of 19.0% increased by 60 basis points versus the prior quarter, primarily as a result of improved gross margin.

GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.66, compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.81 in the previous quarter. The increase in GAAP earnings resulted from higher net sales, improved gross margin and lower SG&A expense and restructuring related charges. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.92 per diluted share compared to adjusted earnings of $1.58 per diluted share in the prior quarter. The increase in adjusted earnings per diluted share resulted from higher net sales and improved gross margin.

Ending cash and cash equivalents were $199.1 million, an increase of $7.3 million versus the prior quarter. The Company generated free cash flow of approximately $32.9 million in the first quarter of 2021. Net cash provided by operating activities of $36.5 million was offset by $21.0 million of principal payments made on the outstanding borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility and capital expenditures of $3.6 million. At the end of the first quarter of 2021, cash exceeded borrowings by $195.1 million.

Financial Outlook

Q2 2021

Net Sales ($M)

$230 to $240

Gross Margin

38.5% to 39.5%

Earnings Per Share

$1.58 to $1.73

Adjusted Earnings Per Share1

$1.80 to $1.95

2021

Effective Tax Rate

23% - 24%

Capital Expenditures ($M)

$70 to $80

1 - A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is provided in the schedules included below

About Rogers Corporation

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) is a global leader in engineered materials to power, protect and connect our world. Rogers delivers innovative solutions to help our customers solve their toughest material challenges. Rogers’ advanced electronic and elastomeric materials are used in applications for EV/HEV, automotive safety and radar systems, mobile devices, renewable energy, wireless infrastructure, energy-efficient motor drives, industrial equipment and more. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Asia and Europe, with sales offices worldwide.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements, which concern our plans, objectives, outlook, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, future restructuring, plans or intentions relating to expansions, business trends and other information that is not historical information. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this release and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause such results to differ include: the duration and impacts of the novel coronavirus global pandemic and efforts to contain its transmission and distribute vaccines, including the effect of these factors on our business, suppliers, customers, end users and economic conditions generally; failure to capitalize on, volatility within, or other adverse changes with respect to the Company's growth drivers, including advanced mobility and advanced connectivity, such as delays in adoption or implementation of new technologies; uncertain business, economic and political conditions in the United States (U.S.) and abroad, particularly in China, South Korea, Germany, Hungary and Belgium, where we maintain significant manufacturing, sales or administrative operations; the trade policy dynamics between the U.S. and China reflected in trade agreement negotiations and the imposition of tariffs and other trade restrictions, including trade restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei); fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; our ability to develop innovative products and the extent to which our products are incorporated into end-user products and systems and the extent to which end-user products and systems incorporating our products achieve commercial success; the ability of our sole or limited source suppliers to deliver certain key raw materials, including commodities, to us in a timely and cost-effective manner; intense global competition affecting both our existing products and products currently under development; business interruptions due to catastrophes or other similar events, such as natural disasters, war, terrorism or public health crises; failure to realize, or delays in the realization of anticipated benefits of acquisitions and divestitures due to, among other things, the existence of unknown liabilities or difficulty integrating acquired businesses; our ability to attract and retain management and skilled technical personnel; our ability to protect our proprietary technology from infringement by third parties and/or allegations that our technology infringes third party rights; changes in effective tax rates or tax laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate; failure to comply with financial and restrictive covenants in our credit agreement or restrictions on our operational and financial flexibility due to such covenants; the outcome of ongoing and future litigation, including our asbestos-related product liability litigation; changes in environmental laws and regulations applicable to our business; and disruptions in, or breaches of, our information technology systems. For additional information about the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect our business, please see our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Rogers Corporation assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements contained herein except as required by law.

Conference call and additional information

A conference call to discuss the results for the first quarter of 2021 will take place today, Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5pm ET.

A live webcast of the event and the accompanying presentation can be accessed on the Rogers Corporation website at https://www.rogerscorp.com/investors.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available from April 29, 2021 at approximately 8 pm ET through May 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET, by dialing 1-888-203-1112 from the United States, and entering the replay passcode of 9167045.

Additionally, the archived webcast will be available on the Rogers website at approximately 8 pm ET on April 29, 2021.

Additional information

Please contact the Company directly via email or visit the Rogers website.

(Financial statements follow)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

(DOLLARS AND SHARES IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

March 31, 2021

March 31, 2020

Net sales

$

229,265

$

198,810

Cost of sales

139,766

133,180

Gross margin

89,499

65,630

Selling, general and administrative expenses

42,413

40,330

Research and development expenses

7,172

7,805

Restructuring and impairment charges

1,506

Other operating (income) expense, net

1,215

20

Operating income

37,193

17,475

Equity income in unconsolidated joint ventures

2,181

1,218

Other income (expense), net

2,968

(786)

Interest expense, net

(607)

(1,207)

Income before income tax expense

41,735

16,700

Income tax expense

10,517

3,441

Net income

$

31,218

$

13,259

Basic earnings per share

$

1.67

$

0.71

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.66

$

0.71

Shares used in computing:

Basic earnings per share

18,712

18,669

Diluted earnings per share

18,774

18,691

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)

(DOLLARS AND SHARES IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PAR VALUE)

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

199,109

$

191,785

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,310 and $1,682

144,049

134,421

Contract assets

30,936

26,575

Inventories

106,706

102,360

Prepaid income taxes

2,854

2,960

Asbestos-related insurance receivables, current portion

2,986

2,986

Other current assets

19,140

13,088

Total current assets

505,780

474,175

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $364 and $366

267,041

272,378

Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures

14,948

15,248

Deferred income taxes

28,018

28,667

Goodwill

266,437

270,172

Other intangible assets, net of amortization

114,373

118,026

Pension assets

5,486

5,278

Asbestos-related insurance receivables, non-current portion

63,807

63,807

Other long-term assets

16,330

16,254

Total assets

$

1,282,220

$

1,264,005

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$

52,342

$

35,987

Accrued employee benefits and compensation

42,331

41,708

Accrued income taxes payable

7,629

8,558

Asbestos-related liabilities, current portion

3,615

3,615

Other accrued liabilities

23,645

21,641

Total current liabilities

129,562

111,509

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

4,000

25,000

Pension and other postretirement benefits liabilities

1,635

1,612

Asbestos-related liabilities, non-current portion

69,559

69,620

Non-current income tax

15,572

16,346

Deferred income taxes

9,229

8,375

Other long-term liabilities

11,808

10,788

Shareholders’ equity

Capital stock - $1 par value; 50,000 authorized shares; 18,712 and 18,677 shares issued and outstanding

18,712

18,677

Additional paid-in capital

150,004

147,961

Retained earnings

904,910

873,692

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(32,771)

(19,575)

Total shareholders' equity

1,040,855

1,020,755

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,282,220

$

1,264,005

Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures

Non-GAAP financial measures:

This earnings release includes the following financial measures that are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"):

(1) Adjusted operating margin, which the Company defines as operating margin excluding acquisition-related amortization of intangible assets and discrete items, such as acquisition and related integration costs, asbestos-related charges, gains or losses on the sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment, restructuring, severance, impairment and other related costs, UTIS fire charges, and the related income tax effect on these items (collectively, "discrete items");

(2) Adjusted net income, which the Company defines as net income excluding amortization of acquisition intangible assets and discrete items;

(3) Adjusted earnings per diluted share, which the Company defines as earnings per diluted share excluding amortization of acquisition intangible assets, and discrete items divided by adjusted weighted average shares outstanding - diluted;

(4) Adjusted EBITDA, which the Company defines as net income excluding interest expense, net, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, and discrete items;

(5) Adjusted EBITDA Margin, which the Company defines as the percentage that results from dividing Adjusted EBITDA by total net sales;

(6) Free cash flow, which the Company defines as net cash provided by operating activities less non-acquisition capital expenditures.

Management believes adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin are useful to investors because they allow for comparison to the Company’s performance in prior periods without the effect of items that, by their nature, tend to obscure the Company’s core operating results due to potential variability across periods based on the timing, frequency and magnitude of such items. As a result, management believes that these measures enhance the ability of investors to analyze trends in the Company’s business and evaluate the Company’s performance relative to peer companies. Management also believes free cash flow is useful to investors as an additional way of viewing the Company's liquidity and provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's cash flows. However, non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or as alternatives to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from, and should not be compared to, similarly named measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of the differences between these non-GAAP financial measures and their most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP are set forth below.

Reconciliation of GAAP operating margin to adjusted operating margin*:

2021

2020

Operating margin

Q1

Q4

Q1

GAAP operating margin

16.2%

9.5%

8.8%

Acquisition and related integration costs

—%

—%

0.2%

Asbestos-related charges

—%

(0.3)%

—%

Gain on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment

—%

—%

—%

Restructuring, severance, impairment and other related costs

0.8%

1.9%

0.5%

UTIS fire charges

0.6%

—%

—%

Total discrete items

1.4%

1.6%

0.7%

Operating margin adjusted for discrete items

17.6%

11.1%

9.5%

Acquisition intangible amortization

1.4%

7.3%

1.8%

Adjusted operating margin

19.0%

18.4%

11.3%

*Percentages in table may not add due to rounding.

Reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted net income:

(amounts in millions)

2021

2020

Net income

Q1

Q4

Q1

GAAP net income

$

31.2

$

15.2

$

13.3

Acquisition and related integration costs

$

$

$

0.4

Asbestos-related charges

$

$

(0.7)

$

Gain on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment

$

(0.1)

$

$

Restructuring, severance, impairment and other related costs

$

1.9

$

4.0

$

1.1

Acquisition intangible amortization

$

3.1

$

15.4

$

3.6

UTIS fire charges

$

1.3

$

$

Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments and intangible amortization

$

(1.5)

$

(4.3)

$

(1.2)

Adjusted net income

$

36.0

$

29.7

$

17.2

*Values in table may not add due to rounding.

Reconciliation of GAAP earnings per diluted share to adjusted earnings per diluted share*:

2021

2020

Earnings per diluted share

Q1

Q4

Q1

GAAP earnings per diluted share

$

1.66

$

0.81

$

0.71

Acquisition and related integration costs

0.02

Asbestos-related charges

(0.03)

Gain on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment

Restructuring, severance, impairment and other related costs

0.08

0.16

0.04

UTIS fire charges

0.05

Total discrete items

$

0.13

$

0.14

$

0.06

Earnings per diluted share adjusted for discrete items

$

1.79

$

0.95

$

0.77

Acquisition intangible amortization

$

0.13

$

0.64

$

0.15

Adjusted earnings per diluted share

$

1.92

$

1.58

$

0.92

*Values in table may not add due to rounding.

Reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted EBITDA*:

2021

2020

(amounts in millions)

Q1

Q4

Q1

GAAP Net income

$

31.2

$

15.2

$

13.3

Interest expense, net

0.6

0.6

1.2

Income tax expense

10.5

8.1

3.4

Depreciation

7.2

7.4

7.3

Amortization

3.1

15.5

3.7

Stock-based compensation expense

4.0

3.2

3.1

Acquisition and related integration costs

0.4

Asbestos-related charges

(0.7)

Gain on sale or disposal of property, plant and equipment

(0.1)

Restructuring, severance, impairment and other related costs

1.9

3.9

1.1

UTIS fire charges

1.3

Adjusted EBITDA

$

59.8

$

53.2

$

33.4

*Values in table may not add due to rounding.

Calculation of adjusted EBITDA margin*:

2021

2020

Q1

Q4

Q1

Adjusted EBITDA (in millions)

$

59.8

$

53.2

$33.4

Divided by Total Net Sales (in millions)

229.3

210.7

198.8

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

26.1

%

25.3

%

16.8

%

*Values in table may not add due to rounding.

Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow*:

2021

2020

(amounts in millions)

Q1

Q4

Q1

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

36.5

$

51.4

$

8.6

Non-acquisition capital expenditures

(3.6)

(11.4)

(11.2)

Free cash flow

$

32.9

$

39.9

$

(2.5)

*Values in table may not add due to rounding.

Reconciliation of GAAP earnings per diluted share to adjusted earnings per diluted share guidance for the 2021 first quarter:

Guidance

Q1 2021

GAAP earnings per diluted share

$1.48 - $1.63

Discrete items

$0.11

Acquisition intangible amortization

$0.13

Adjusted earnings per diluted share

$1.72 - $1.87

Reconciliation of GAAP earnings per diluted share to adjusted earnings per diluted share guidance for the second quarter of 2021:

Guidance

Q2 2021

GAAP earnings per diluted share

$1.58 - $1.73

Discrete items

$0.09

Acquisition intangible amortization

$0.13

Adjusted earnings per diluted share

$1.80 - $1.95

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Contacts

Investor contact:
Steve Haymore
Phone: 480-917-6026
Email: stephen.haymore@rogerscorporation.com

Website address: http://www.rogerscorp.com