CTS Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results
Strong sales and earnings growth
Lisle, Ill. – CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS) today announced fourth quarter and full year 2018 results.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
- Sales were $120.1 million, up 8.3% year-over-year. Sales to transportation customers increased 7.2%, and sales to other end markets grew 10.2%.
- Net earnings were $17.6 million or $0.52 per diluted share.
- Adjusted diluted EPS was $0.41 compared to $0.39 in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Full Year 2018 Results
- Sales were $470.5 million, up 11.2% compared to 2017. Sales to transportation customers increased 9.0%, and sales to other end markets grew 15.3%.
- Net earnings were $46.5 million or $1.39 per diluted share.
- Adjusted diluted EPS was $1.53 compared to $1.23 in 2017.
- Operating cash flow was $58.2 million.
- Total booked business grew $129 million in 2018, a 7.4% increase, to $1.87 billion.
“We are pleased with our progress in several areas as we transition our business and systems,” said Kieran O’Sullivan, CEO of CTS Corporation. “We are focused on carrying our momentum to continue elevating our performance in the years ahead. We expect growth in medical, telecom, and defense end markets, and remain cautious on industrial and transportation end markets.”
Full year 2019 sales are expected to be in the range of $460 to $500 million. Adjusted earnings per diluted share for 2019 are expected to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.70.
As previously announced, the Company has scheduled a conference call at 11:00 a.m. (EST) today to discuss the fourth quarter and full year financial results. The dial-in number is 855-719-5008 (334-323-0517, if calling from outside the U.S.). The passcode is 670352. There will be a replay of the conference call from 2:00 p.m. (EST) today through 2:00 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The telephone number for the replay is 888-203-1112 (719-457-0820, if calling from outside the U.S.). The replay passcode is 6970679. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available and can be accessed directly from the Investors section of the website of CTS Corporation at www.ctscorp.com.
CTS (NYSE: CTS) is a leading designer and manufacturer of products that Sense, Connect, and Move. The company manufactures sensors, actuators, and electronic components in North America, Europe, and Asia, and provides engineered products to customers in the aerospace/defense, industrial, medical, telecommunications/IT, and transportation markets.
For more information, visit www.ctscorp.com.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is diluted earnings per share.
CTS adjusts for these items because they are discrete events, which have a significant impact on comparable GAAP financial measures and could distort an evaluation of our normal operating performance.
CTS uses an adjusted earnings per share measure to evaluate overall performance, establish plans and perform strategic analysis. Using this measure avoids distortion in the evaluation of operating results by eliminating the impact of events which are not related to normal operating performance. Because this measure is based on the exclusion or inclusion of specific items, they may not be comparable to measures used by other companies which have similar titles. CTS’ management compensates for this limitation when performing peer comparisons by evaluating both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures reported by peer companies. CTS believes that this measure is useful to its management, investors and stakeholders in that it:
- provides a meaningful measure of CTS’ operating performance,
- reflects the results used by management in making decisions about the business, and
- helps review and project CTS’ performance over time.
We recommend that investors consider both actual and adjusted measures in evaluating the performance of CTS with peer companies.