07.05.10

Fuel Systems Solutions: Q1 Results

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Fuel Systems Solutions Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

– First Quarter 2010 Revenue $161.7 million, compared to $80.1 million a year ago –

–  2010 Outlook Remains Unchanged  –


NEW YORK, May 6, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSYS) reported results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2010.


Mariano Costamagna, Fuel Systems' CEO, said, "As expected, the first quarter 2010 was an exceptional start to the year. We delivered revenue of $161.7 million, more than double the year-ago quarter, and generated impressive gross and operating margins. Our transportation business clearly benefitted from continued DOEM demand in Italy, and we are encouraged by the improvements in our transportation aftermarket and industrial businesses."


Matthew Beale, Fuel Systems' President, CFO and Secretary, said, "We remain focused on our core organic growth strategy as DOEM demand adjusts to an unsubsidized Italian market as we move into the second quarter of the year. We believe that growing OEM support for alternative fuels, the wide choice of vehicle models now featuring our technology, and the accelerated payback period for our systems will continue to drive demand this year, although not at levels stimulated by a strong incentive program."


"Importantly, we are beginning to derive benefit from investments undertaken during 2009. The adoption of gaseous fueled vehicles is increasing globally and our expanded international footprint positions us to capture growth in high potential markets around the world. With a market leading technology, product and customer platform, our enlarged industrial business is well positioned to benefit from improvement in the capital spending environment during 2010." Beale continued.


First Quarter Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter of 2010 was $161.7 million, including approximately $3.8 million of revenue as a result of foreign exchange impact, compared to $80.1 million in the first quarter of 2009. The year-over-year revenue increase was attributable to DOEM installations in the company's transportation business, driven by the expired 2009 Italian incentive program. Gross profit for the first quarter 2010 was $63.6 million, or 39% of revenue, compared to $24.3 million, or 30% of revenue a year ago, reflecting the aforementioned revenue growth, additional margin contribution from the industrial business, and economies of scale. Operating income for the period totaled $44.7 million, or 28% of revenue, compared to $11.4 million, or 14% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2009. Net income for the first quarter 2010 was $28.0 million, or $1.59 per diluted share, compared to $7.1 million, or $0.44 per diluted share in the first quarter 2009.


On segment basis, first quarter 2010 revenues from BRC Operations, primarily representing the company's transportation business, increased $76.0 million to $137.6 million from the same quarter a year ago, and revenues from IMPCO Operations, primarily representing the company's industrial business, increased 30% to $24.0 million from the same quarter a year ago. BRC first quarter 2010 operating income increased $34.9 million from the same quarter a year ago to $45.7 million; IMPCO first quarter 2010 operating income was $0.5 million, compared to operating income of $2.6 million in the same period a year ago. A table presenting operating segment data can be found in the tables below.


Company Outlook

"Fuel Systems' first quarter 2010 growth was robust as consumer buying decisions were accelerated by the expiration of Italian subsidies. As we have noted, we have factored no benefits from subsidies in this country into our 2010 outlook, and therefore expect installations as well as financial results in the remaining quarters of the year to reflect this. We continue to broaden our international expansion through OEM, DOEM and aftermarket channels, and are encouraged by the stronger trends we are witnessing in our industrial business. Given current low visibility with respect to DOEM installations as we move into a subsidy-free Italian market, we are not making any change to our financial outlook at this time, and will provide an update with second quarter 2010 results," concluded Beale.


Conference Call

The company will host a conference call today, May 6th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time to discuss its first quarter 2010 financial results. To listen to the call live, please dial 877-356-8063 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 706-679-2544. The pass code for the conference call will be 70373362. The call is also being webcast and can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at www.fuelsystemssolutions.com. A telephone replay will be available until midnight ET on May 10th by dialing 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291 and entering pass code 70373362#. A replay will also be available at the web address above for 90 days.


Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, expressed or implied statements concerning the company's outlook for 2010, as well as its position in the market place, the success of products and the success and integration of recent acquisitions. Such statements represent only our opinions and predictions. The Company's actual results may differ materially. Factors that may cause the Company's results to differ include, but are not limited to, risks that we cannot integrate the acquired assets into our business promptly and efficiently, that the patents or certifications acquired are insufficient or not useable by us, that expected sales do not materialize, that changes in emissions regulations may not significantly increase demand for the Company's products, the global economic downturn may reduce customers' demand for new automobiles and/or our products, original equipment automobile manufacturers do not adopt the Company's fuel systems as expected, that expected sales not based on long-term contracts will materialize, that changes in emissions regulations will not significantly impact demand for the Company's products, that reduction in oil prices will reduce the demand for our products and that currency fluctuations will reduce our revenue or financial condition. Readers also should consider the risk factors set forth in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended December 31, 2009. The Company does not undertake to update or revise any of its forward-looking statements or guidance even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.


About Fuel Systems Solutions

Fuel Systems Solutions (Nasdaq:FSYS) is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of proven, cost-effective alternative fuel components and systems for use in transportation and industrial applications. Fuel Systems' components and systems control the pressure and flow of gaseous alternative fuels, such as propane and natural gas, used in internal combustion engines. These components and systems feature the company's advanced fuel system technologies, which improve efficiency, enhance power output and reduce emissions by electronically sensing and regulating the proper proportion of fuel and air required by the internal combustion engine. In addition to the components and systems, the company provides engineering and systems integration services to address unique customer requirements for performance, durability and configuration. The company is composed of two operating subsidiaries: IMPCO Technologies and BRC. IMPCO Technologies is a leader in the heavy duty, industrial, power generation and stationary engines sectors. BRC is a leader in the light duty and automobile alternative fuel sectors and has established alliances with several major automobile manufacturers for OEM projects. Additional information is available at www.fuelsystemssolutions.com.
Company Contact:
Matthew Beale, President, CFO, & Secretary
Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.
(646) 502-7170
 
Investor Relations Contacts:
Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates
Carolyn M. Capaccio
ccapaccio@lhai.com
Cathy Mattison
cmattison@lhai.com
(415) 433-3777

-  Tables Follow  -
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
            
      March 31,
2010     December 31,
2009
ASSETS           
Current assets:           
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 73,511     $ 46,519
Accounts receivable less allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,575 and $3,159 at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively      145,203      132,603
Inventories      83,400      90,367
Deferred tax assets, net      9,088      9,217
Other current assets      9,167      8,647
Related party receivables      3,230      2,915
Total current assets     $ 323,599     $ 290,268
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net      43,003      40,767
Goodwill, net      51,955      54,209
Deferred tax assets, net      144      107
Intangible assets, net      22,086      24,053
Investment in unconsolidated affiliates      —       4,058
Other assets      2,487      3,051
Related party receivables      1,307      599
Total Assets     $ 444,581     $ 417,112
            
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY           
Current liabilities:           
Accounts payable     $ 73,043     $ 73,837
Accrued expenses      40,754      40,384
Income taxes payable      32,492      15,788
Current portion of term loans and other loans      5,062      7,240
Deferred tax liabilities, net      865      917
Related party payables      4,633      10,293
Total current liabilities      156,849      148,459
Term and other loans      11,557      12,167
Other liabilities      7,299      7,551
Deferred tax liabilities      5,421      5,707
Total liabilities      181,126      173,884
Stockholders' equity:           
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 1,000,000 shares; none issued and outstanding at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009      —       —
Common stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 200,000,000 shares; 17,628,935 issued
and 17,614,202 outstanding at March 31, 2010; and 17,625,812 issued and 17,610,320 outstanding at December 31, 2009      18      18
Additional paid-in capital      257,699      257,627
Shares held in treasury, 15,788 and 15,492 shares at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively      (635)      (654 )
Accumulated deficit      (1,479)      (29,513 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income      4,456      15,750
Total Fuel Systems Stockholders' Equity      260,059      243,228
Non-controlling interests      3,396      —
Total Equity      263,455      243,228
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     $ 444,581     $ 417,112
 
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
            
      Three Months Ended
March 31,
      2010     2009
Revenue     $ 161,651     $ 80,082
Cost of revenue      98,050      55,745
Gross profit      63,601      24,337
Operating expenses:           
Research and development expense      4,436      2,911
Selling, general and administrative expense      14,479      10,068
Total operating expenses      18,915      12,979
Operating income      44,686      11,358
Other income (expense), net      944      716
Interest expense, net      (181)      (384)
Income before income taxes and equity share in income of unconsolidated affiliates      45,449      11,690
Equity share in income of unconsolidated affiliates, net      —       113
Income tax expense      (17,231)      (4,733)
Net income      28,218      7,070
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests      184      —
Net income attributable to Fuel Systems     $ 28,034     $ 7,070
Net income per share attributable to Fuel Systems:           
Basic     $ 1.59     $ 0.44
Diluted     $ 1.59     $ 0.44
Number of shares used in per share calculation:           
Basic      17,611,783      16,022,561
Diluted      17,680,393      16,095,258
 
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
      
      Three Months Ended
March 31,
      2010     2009
Net income     $ 28,218     $ 7,070
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:           
Depreciation and other amortization      2,234      1,632
Amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions      1,175      881
Provision for doubtful accounts      307      (126)
Provision for inventory reserve      496      705
Equity share in income of unconsolidated affiliates, net      —       (113)
Dividends from unconsolidated affiliates      —       196
Dividends issue by consolidated affiliates      (241)      —
Unrealized (gain) loss on foreign exchange transactions, net      (895)      (242)
Compensation expense related to stock option and restricted stock grants      48      50
Loss on disposal of assets      292      19
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:           
Increase in accounts receivable      (23,120)      (18,044)
Decrease (increase) in inventories      4,497      (4,965)
Decrease (increase) in other current assets      1,318      (493)
Decrease in other assets      49      421
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable      2,029      (20,688)
Increase in income taxes payable      17,958      4,999
Increase in accrued expenses      925      1,667
Receivables from/payables to related party, net      1,410      (303)
Decrease in deferred income taxes, net      (204)      (788)
Decrease in long-term liabilities      (453)      (433)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities      36,043      (28,555)
Cash flows from investing activities:           
Purchase of equipment and leasehold improvements      (4,782)      (3,774)
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired      —       (5,593)
Controlling interest in previously unconsolidated affiliate      1,044      —
Proceeds from sale of assets      208      35
Net cash used in investing activities      (3,530)      (9,332)
Cash flows from financing activities:           
Increase (decrease) in revolving lines of credit, net      (1,732)      10,774
Payments on term loans and other loans      (133)      (1,214)
Proceeds from term loans and other loans      —       12,729
Proceeds from exercise of stock options      24      —
Proceeds (purchase) of common shares held in trust, net of proceeds      28      (5)
Payments of capital lease obligations      (81)      (123)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities      (1,894)      22,161
Net increase (decrease) in cash      30,619      (15,726)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash      (3,627)      (1,784)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents      26,992      (17,510)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period      46,519      26,477
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period     $ 73,511     $ 8,967
 
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
OPERATING SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In thousands)
            
      Revenue
Three Months Ended
March 31,
      2010     2009
IMPCO Operations     $ 24,012     $ 18,438
BRC Operations      137,639      61,644
Total     $ 161,651     $ 80,082
      
      Operating Income (Loss)
Three Months Ended
March 31,  
      2010     2009
IMPCO Operations     $ 503     $ 2,555
BRC Operations      45,699      10,753
Corporate Expenses      (1,516)      (1,950)
Total     $ 44,686     $ 11,358


 
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