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Bel Fuse Inc. (NASDAQ:BELFA) (NASDAQ:BELFB) today announced preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.

Fourth Quarter and 2014 Highlights

  • Fourth quarter net sales increased 63.3% to a record $148.7 million as compared with $91.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • Fourth quarter GAAP net earnings per share–“EPS”–was $0.16 per Class A share and $0.17 per Class B share as compared with GAAP EPS of $0.61 per Class A share and $0.65 per Class B share last year.
  • Fourth quarter non-GAAP EPS was $0.41 per Class A share and $0.44 per Class B share as compared with non-GAAP EPS of $0.63 per Class A share and $0.67 per Class B share last year.
  • Full year 2014 net sales increased 39.5% to a record $487.1 million as compared with $349.2 million last year.
  • Full year 2014 GAAP EPS was $0.73 per Class A share and $0.79 per Class B share as compared with GAAP EPS of $1.32 per Class A share and $1.41 per Class B share last year.
  • Full year 2014 non-GAAP EPS was $1.59 per Class A share and $1.70 per Class B share as compared with non-GAAP net earnings of $1.40 per Class A share and $1.49 per Class B share last year.

Non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP EPS, exclude the impact of special items, such as acquisition-related costs, restructuring charges and certain other one-time items. Please refer to the financial statements included with this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures. All results included in this release include the results of the Power Solutions and Connectivity Solutions acquisitions from the respective acquisition dates through December 31, 2014.

The fourth quarter and full year 2014 were impacted by the following special items (net of taxes and in thousands except per share amounts):

Fourth Quarter Full Year
2014 2014
Restructuring charges $ 303 $ 1,184
Acquisition related costs 1,270 4,568
Step up of inventories, net from acquisitions 890 4,063
Information technology migration costs 636 636
Total special items $ 3,099 $ 10,451
Total EPS impact – Class A shares $ 0.25 $ 0.86
Total EPS impact – Class B shares $ 0.27 $ 0.91

CEO Comments

Daniel Bernstein, Bel’s President and CEO, said, “Bel’s record revenue for the fourth quarter and full year 2014 was driven primarily by our recent acquisitions, as we continue to implement our plan to grow the Company through acquisitions. Our revenue has increased from $286.6 million for 2012, to $349.2 million for 2013, to $487.1 million for full year 2014. On a pro forma basis, had we acquired both Power Solutions and Connectivity Solutions on January 1, 2014, our full year 2014 net sales would have been $629.1 million.

“Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 included $44.5 million from Power Solutions, which we acquired in June 2014 from ABB, and $19.5 million from Connectivity Solutions, which we acquired in July and August 2014 from Emerson, the ‘2014 acquisitions.’ For full year 2014, Power Solutions contributed revenue of $100.8 million, and Connectivity Solutions generated revenue of $33.5 million.

“Higher revenue drove an increase in operating profitability on a non-GAAP basis, despite increased selling, general and administrative expenses associated with the acquisitions of Power Solutions and Connectivity Solutions. On a non-GAAP basis, fourth quarter 2014 operating income increased 5.5% to $7.7 million compared to $7.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013; for the year, non-GAAP operating income increased 82.0% to $30.4 million compared to $16.7 million for 2013.

“We achieved the approximately $5 million in annual cost savings we aimed for during 2014, and are now pursuing a variety of opportunities to further reduce costs and enhance efficiency in the new year. We also made significant progress in our quality improvement programs at our Power Solutions business in China, including the addition of a new General Manager and Corporate and Far East Quality Directors. These quality gains are critical as we strive to restore key customer relationships that had been allowed to atrophy by the business’s previous owner. Power Solutions has recently been approved to bid on contracts with several important former customers, and we believe the business is on track for higher sales beginning later this year as products currently in the design stage are brought into production.

“Last month we completed the sale of Power Solutions’ Network Power Systems division for approximately $10 million. We used the net proceeds to reduce debt in January 2015 in accordance with the provisions of our credit agreement. This divestiture will allow us to focus exclusively on Power Solutions’ core product groups–Front End, Industrial and Board Mounted Power–as we work to develop Bel’s global power business.

“Our integration of the former Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions business, now Connectivity Solutions, into Bel has continued as planned. Our focus on maintaining operational continuity during the initial transition has been effective with no noticeable drop off in service or quality to our customers. We have now completed the consolidation of our Fibreco and Gigacom Interconnect businesses out of Great Dunmow, UK and Gothenburg, Sweden into the newly acquired Connectivity Solutions facility in Chelmsford, UK. These operations were transferred without disruption to our customers and will provide both opportunities for cost savings and better operational efficiencies in our Chelmsford facility. We have now also completed the transition of critical IT resources from the Emerson shared facility to a third-party service center. In parallel we’ve expanded the group to support the broader Information Technology needs of Bel. Finally we’ve completed critical steps in the integration of the former Connectivity Solutions Sales and Marketing team with the Cinch Connector business now combining resources and coordinating customer support efforts as Cinch Connectivity Solutions.”

Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

Net sales increased 63.3% to $148.7 million compared to $91.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Excluding the $64.0 million increase in net sales from the 2014 acquisitions, net sales decreased by $8.8 million as a result of lower sales volume in Bel’s DC/DC converters, integrated modules and Cinch products, partially offset by a $1.7 million increase in sales in custom modules.

Operating income decreased to $2.8 million compared to operating income for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $7.1 million. Non-GAAP operating income increased to $7.7 million compared to non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $7.3 million, reflecting the incremental contributions of the 2014 acquisitions. Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $7.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 from $3.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, due to additional depreciation and amortization expense on the fair value step-ups of tangible and intangible assets associated with the 2014 acquisitions. In addition to the higher depreciation and amortization expense, operating income as a percentage of sales was lower in the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 due to a higher SG&A structure in the Connectivity Solutions business. The Company implemented a restructuring program related to the U.S. sales team during the fourth quarter of 2014 to better align the overall selling costs with the new combined revenue base.

Interest expense was $1.9 million as compared with $0.1 million in the prior year, primarily due to the interest on borrowings used to fund the 2014 acquisitions.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $2.0 million compared to net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $7.4 million. Non-GAAP net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 decreased to $5.1 million compared to non-GAAP net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $7.6 million.

Full Year 2014 Results

Net sales increased 39.5% to $487.1 million compared to $349.2 million for 2013. Excluding the $134.3 million increase in net sales from the 2014 acquisitions, net sales increased by $18.3 million primarily due to higher sales volume of custom modules, integrated modules and passive connector products, as well as a full year of net sales associated with TRP (acquired in March 2013) and Array (acquired in August 2013). These increases were heavily offset by a $15.1 million decline in sales of DC/DC converter products, discrete magnetics and Cinch products.

Operating income decreased to $14.1 million compared to operating income of $15.0 million in 2013. Non-GAAP operating income increased to $30.4 million compared to non-GAAP operating income of $16.7 million for 2013, reflecting the incremental contributions of the 2013 and 2014 acquisitions. Depreciation and amortization expense amounted to $19.7 million for the full year of 2014 as compared to $12.4 million for 2013.

Interest expense for 2014 was $4.0 million, as compared with interest expense of $0.2 million in the prior year primarily due to the interest on borrowings used to fund the 2014 acquisitions.

Net earnings for 2014 were $9.1 million compared to net earnings of $15.9 million for 2013. Non-GAAP net earnings increased to $19.5 million for 2014, compared to non-GAAP net earnings for 2013 of $16.9 million.

Balance Sheet Data

As of December 31, 2014, Bel had working capital of $188.9 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $77.1 million, a current ratio of 2.6-to-1, and total debt obligations under our credit facility of $232.6 million. In comparison, at December 31, 2013, Bel reported working capital of $137.2 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $62.1 million, a current ratio of 3.0 to 1, and total debt obligations under our former revolving credit facility of $12.0 million. The increase in debt primarily reflects borrowings that were used to fund the 2014 acquisitions.

Conference Call

Bel has scheduled a conference call at 11:00 a.m. EST today. To participate, dial (720) 545 0088, conference ID #54522569. A simultaneous webcast of the conference call may be accessed online from the Events and Presentations link of the Investors page under the “About Bel” tab at www.BelFuse.com. The webcast replay will be available for a period of 20 days at this same Internet address. For a telephone replay, dial (404) 537 3406, conference ID #54522569 after 2:00 p.m. EST.

About Bel

Bel (www.belfuse.com) is primarily engaged in the design, manufacture, and sale of products used in aerospace, data transmission, military, transportation, and consumer electronics. Bel’s product groups include Magnetic Solutions (discrete components, power transformers and MagJack(R) connectors with integrated magnetics), Power Solutions and Protection (AC-DC power supplies, DC-DC converters, custom designs, miniature, micro, surface mount and resettable fuses) and Connectivity Solutions (micro, circular, filtered D Sub, fiber optic, RF connectors, microwave components, passive jacks, plugs and cable assemblies). The Company operates facilities around the world.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained in this press release, the matters discussed in this press release (including the statements regarding potential sales growth, opportunities to reduce costs and enhance efficiency in the future, efforts to renew customer relationships with former Power Solutions customers, and benefits arising from the consolidation of Bel’s Fibreco and Gigacom Interconnect businesses) are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from Bel’s projections. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements are: the market concerns facing our customers; the continuing viability of sectors that rely on our products; the effects of business and economic conditions; difficulties associated with integrating recently acquired companies; capacity and supply constraints or difficulties; product development, commercialization or technological difficulties; the regulatory and trade environment; risks associated with foreign currencies; uncertainties associated with legal proceedings; the market’s acceptance of the Company’s new products and competitive responses to those new products; and the risk factors detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports. In light of the risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will in fact prove to be correct. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The non-GAAP measures presented in this press release and supplementary information are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). These measures should not be considered a substitute for, and the reader should also consider, income from operations, net earnings, earnings per share and other measures of performance as defined by GAAP as indicators of our performance or profitability. Our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to other similarly-titled captions of other companies due to differences in the method of calculation.

Website Information

We routinely post important information for investors on our website, www.belfuse.com, in the “Investor Relations” section. We use our website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investor Relations section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.

BEL FUSE INC.

Supplementary Information(1)

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2014

2013

2014

2013

Sales

$

148,650

$

91,016

$

487,076

$

349,189

Cost of sales

120,781

73,106

399,100

286,888

Gross profit

27,869

17,910

87,976

62,301

As a % of sales

18.7

%

19.7

%

18.1

%

17.8

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

24,576

10,826

72,051

45,867

As a % of sales

16.5

%

11.9

%

14.8

%

13.1

%

Restructuring charges

466

1,832

1,387

Income from operations

2,827

7,084

14,093

15,047

As a % of sales

1.9

%

7.8

%

2.9

%

4.3

%

Interest expense

(1,854

)

(81

)

(3,978

)

(156

)

Interest income and other, net

155

(12

)

276

274

Earnings before tax provision (benefit)

1,128

6,991

10,391

15,165

Income tax provision (benefit)

(892

)

(407

)

1,296

(743

)

Effective tax rate

-79.1

%

-5.8

%

12.5

%

-4.9

%

Net earnings available to common stockholders

$

2,020

$

7,398

$

9,095

$

15,908

As a % of sales

1.4

%

8.1

%

1.9

%

4.6

%

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

Class A common shares – basic and diluted

2,175

2,175

2,175

2,175

Class B common shares – basic and diluted

9,703

9,295

9,491

9,240

Net earnings per common share:

Class A common shares – basic and diluted

$

0.16

$

0.61

$

0.73

$

1.32

Class B common shares – basic and diluted

$

0.17

$

0.65

$

0.79

$

1.41

(1)

The supplementary information included in this press release for 2014 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bel Fuse Inc.

Supplementary Information(1)

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands) (unaudited)

December 31,

2014

2013

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

77,138

$

62,123

Accounts receivable, net

99,605

63,849

Inventories, net

113,630

70,019

Other current assets

20,283

8,164

Total current assets

310,656

204,155

Property, plant and equipment, net

70,661

40,896

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

213,201

47,962

Other assets

41,634

15,128

Total assets

$

636,152

$

308,141

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Current liabilities:

Short-term borrowings and notes payable

$

13,943

$

12,739

Accounts payable

61,926

29,518

Other current liabilities

45,934

24,724

Total current liabilities

121,803

66,981

Long-term debt

219,187

Other liabilities

70,284

12,458

Total liabilities

411,274

79,439

Stockholders’ equity

224,878

228,702

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

636,152

$

308,141

(1)

The supplementary information included in this press release for 2014 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior period amounts have been restated to reflect immaterial adjustments previously reported during the measurement period related to the 2013 acquisitions as if all such adjustments had been recognized on the dates of acquisition.

Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31, 2014 Three Months Ended December 31, 2013
As Reported Special As Adjusted As Reported Special As Adjusted
GAAP Items(2) Non-GAAP(3) GAAP Items(2) Non-GAAP(3)
Sales $ 148,650 $ 148,650 $ 91,016 $ 91,016
Cost of sales 120,781 (1,309 ) 119,472 73,106 73,106
Gross profit 27,869 1,309 29,178 17,910 17,910
As a % of sales 18.7 % 19.6 % 19.7 % 19.7 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 24,576 (3,100 ) 21,476 10,826 (214 ) 10,612
As a % of sales 16.5 % 14.4 % 11.9 % 11.7 %
Restructuring charges 466 (466 )

Income from operations 2,827 4,875 7,702 7,084 214 7,298
As a % of sales 1.9 % 5.2 % 7.8 % 8.0 %
Interest expense (1,854 ) (1,854 ) (81 ) (81 )
Interest income and other, net 155 155 (12 ) (12 )
Earnings before tax provision (benefit) 1,128 4,875 6,003 6,991 214 7,205
Income tax provision (benefit) (892 ) 1,776 884 (407 ) 48 (359 )
Effective tax rate -79.1 % 14.7 % -5.8 % -5.0 %
Net earnings available to common stockholders $ 2,020 $ 3,099 $ 5,119 $ 7,398 $ 166 $ 7,564

As a % of sales

1.4

%

3.4

%

8.1

%

8.3

%

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Class A common shares – basic and diluted 2,175 2,175 2,175 2,175
Class B common shares – basic and diluted 9,703 9,703 9,295 9,295
Net earnings per common share:
Class A common shares – basic and diluted $ 0.16 $ 0.25 $ 0.41 $ 0.61 $ 0.02 $ 0.63
Class B common shares – basic and diluted $ 0.17 $ 0.27 $ 0.44 $ 0.65 $ 0.02 $ 0.67

(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2014 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(2) Special items primarily consist of the following expenses and/or income items:

Three Months Ended December 31, 2014 Three Months Ended December 31, 2013
Gross Taxes Net of taxes Gross Taxes Net of taxes
Restructuring charges 466 163 303
Acquisition related costs 2,083 813 1,270 214 48 166
Step up of inventories, net from acquisitions included in cost of sales 1,309 419 890
Information technology migration costs 1,017 381 636
Total special items $ 4,875 $ 1,776 $ 3,099 $ 214 $ 48 $ 166
(3) In this press release and supplemental information, we have included several non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP Net Earnings and EPS, Non-GAAP Gross Profit, Non-GAAP Operating Profit. We present results adjusted to exclude the effects of certain specified items (“special items”) and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods. We may use Non-GAAP EPS, Non-GAAP Net Earnings, Non-GAAP Gross Profit, Non-GAAP Operating Profit, to determine performance-based compensation. Management believes that this information may be useful to investors.
Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)
Year Ended December 31, 2014 Year Ended December 31, 2013
As Reported Special As Adjusted As Reported Special As Adjusted
GAAP Items(2) Non-GAAP(3) GAAP Items(2) Non-GAAP(3)
Sales $ 487,076 $ 487,076 $ 349,189 $ 349,189
Cost of sales 399,100 (5,948 ) 393,152 286,888 689 287,577
Gross profit 87,976 5,948 93,924 62,301 (689 ) 61,612
As a % of sales 18.1 % 19.3 % 17.8 % 17.6 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 72,051 (8,480 ) 63,571 45,867 (933 ) 44,934
As a % of sales 14.8 % 13.1 % 13.1 % 12.9 %
Restructuring charges 1,832 (1,832 ) 1,387 (1,387 )
Income from operations 14,093 16,260 30,353 15,047 1,631 16,678
As a % of sales 2.9 % 6.2 % 4.3 % 4.8 %
Interest expense (3,978 ) (3,978 ) (156 ) (156 )
Interest income and other, net 276 276 274 274
Earnings before tax provision (benefit) 10,391 16,260 26,651 15,165 1,631 16,796
Income tax provision (benefit) 1,296 5,809 7,105 (743 ) 688 (55 )
Effective tax rate 12.5 % 26.7 % -4.9 % -0.3 %
Net earnings available to common stockholders $ 9,095 $ 10,451 $ 19,546 $ 15,908 $ 943 $ 16,851

As a % of sales

1.9

%

4.0

%

4.6

%

4.8

%

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Class A common shares – basic and diluted 2,175 2,175 2,175 2,175
Class B common shares – basic and diluted 9,491 9,491 9,240 9,240
Net earnings per common share:
Class A common shares – basic and diluted $ 0.73 $ 0.86 $ 1.59 $ 1.32 $ 0.08 $ 1.40
Class B common shares – basic and diluted $ 0.79 $ 0.91 $ 1.70 $ 1.41 $ 0.08 $ 1.49

(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2014 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(2) Special items primarily consist of the following expenses and/or income items:
Year Ended December 31, 2014 Year Ended December 31, 2013
Gross Taxes Net of taxes Gross Taxes Net of taxes
Restructuring charges 1,832 648 1,184 1,387 427 960
Acquisition related costs 7,463 2,895 4,568 933 138 795
Step up of inventories, net from acquisitions included in cost of sales 5,948 1,885 4,063
Information technology migration costs 1,017 381 636
Storm insurance recovery (689 ) (262 ) (427 )
Restoration of expired prior year R&E credit 385 (385 )
Total special items $ 16,260 $ 5,809 $ 10,451 $ 1,631 $ 688 $ 943
(3) In this press release and supplemental information, we have included several non-GAAP financial measures, including Non-GAAP Net Earnings and EPS, Non-GAAP Gross Profit, Non-GAAP Operating Profit. We present results adjusted to exclude the effects of certain specified items (“special items”) and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods. We may use Non-GAAP EPS, Non-GAAP Net Earnings, Non-GAAP Gross Profit, Non-GAAP Operating Profit, to determine performance-based compensation. Management believes that this information may be useful to investors.

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