Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. VSH delivered first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 51 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1 cent. The figure surged 27.5% year over year but declined 12.1% sequentially.
Revenues increased 4% on a year-over-year basis but decreased 3.9% on a sequential basis to $745.16 million.
The company’s robust product portfolio, on account of strong performance of resistors & inductors, capacitors and MOSFET product lines during the reported quarter, drove year-over-year top-line growth.
Further, solid momentum across the end-markets also remained positive. However, the company continued to suffer from weak performance by opto products.
We note that the reported revenue figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $750 million.
Vishay’s book-to-bill ratio of the company was 0.79 at the end of the first quarter.
The company experienced normalization in its backlogs and inventories as supply has started to catch up with demand. This is likely to continue which in turn will impact the company’s revenues in the near term as a result of reduction in inventories by distributors.
Following the release of first quarter results, the stock has plunged 3.4%. Further, shares of Vishay have lost 18.2% over a year against the industry’s rally of 24.7%.
Product Segments in Detail
Resistors & Inductors: This product segment generated $256 million revenues (34.4% of total revenues), up 8% year over year. The product’s robust performance across automotive, industrial, medical and military end markets continued to accelerate revenues from this product line. Moreover, positive contributions from the acquisition of UltraSource drove sales of this product. The book-to-bill ratio for this product is at 0.92 in the reported quarter.
MOSFET: This product line generated $137 million revenues (18.4% of total revenues), advancing 9% year over year. The book-to-bill ratio for this product stood at 0.84 at the end of the reported quarter. The company continued to witness sustained performance of this product line in the automotive end market. Additionally, expanding internal and foundry capacities for MOSFETs are tailwinds.
Capacitors: The company generated $119 million revenues (16% of total revenues) from the sale of this product line, up 17% year over year. Continued solid momentum with this product line in America and Europe remained positive throughout the quarter under review. Further, growing opportunities for capacitors in the areas of power transmission, electro cars and military are tailwinds. Moreover, governmental programs in China continued to aid revenue generation in this product segment during the first quarter. The book-to-bill ratio for this product stood at 0.67 in the reported quarter.
Diodes: The company yielded $168 million revenues (23% of total revenues) from this product segment, improving 3% from the year-ago quarter. The strong momentum of this product in the automotive and industrial sector continued to accelerate its sales. The book-to-bill ratio for this product stood at 0.63 during the quarter under review.
Optoelectronics: This product line generated $61 million revenues (8.2% of total revenues) during the reported quarter. The figure was down 14% from the year-ago quarter. The book-to-bill ratio for this product stood at 0.83 during the first quarter. The segment’s top line was hurt by unfavorable product mix and declining inventories.
In first-quarter 2019, gross margin came in at 28.3%, contracting 30 bps on a year-over-year basis.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $103.4 million, increasing 2.2% year over year. However, as a percentage of total revenues, the figure contracted 20 bps from the year-ago quarter.
Per management, operating income was $107.7 million, up 3.5% from the prior-year quarter. Operating margin came in 14.5% which remained flat on a year-over-year basis. Further, adjusted EBITDA margin was 19.8%, expanding 50 bps year over year.
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Balance Sheet & Cash Flows
As of Dec 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were $749.4 million, increasing from $686.03 million as of Dec 31, 2018. Short-term investments were $8.4 million, down from $78.3 million in the previous quarter. Inventories were $480.2 million, up from $479.7 million in the previous quarter.
In the first quarter, the company generated $79.5 million of cash from operations, down from $149.6 million in the previous quarter.
The company’s free cash flow in the reported quarter came in $43.5 million, declining from $93.2 million in the previous quarter.
For second-quarter 2019, Vishay Intertechnology expects total revenues to be in the range of $700 million to $740 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $767.08 million.
Further, the company anticipates gross margin to lie between the range of 26% and 27%.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
Vishay Intertechnology carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Intuit Inc. INTU, VMware, Inc. VMW and Agilent Technologies, Inc. A. All the three stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for Intuit, VMware and Agilent is pegged at 16.21%, 13.4% and 11.75%, respectively.
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