Fuel Systems Solutions: Q4 & Year End 2013 Results

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NEW YORK - Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:FSYS) reported results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.

Mariano Costamagna, Fuel Systems' CEO, said, "Fuel Systems' fourth quarter results reflect the market challenges affecting the Company in terms of reduced volumes as alternative fuel programs end with specific automotive OEMs in Asia and Europe, a very competitive European automotive aftermarket, and transitions in our mobile industrial engine business. Looking out into 2014 and beyond, Fuel Systems continues to focus on execution and operational efficiency, on expanding the value of our product portfolio and trademarks in the market, and on extending and diversifying our technological expertise into new opportunities. We are examining all strategic opportunities for capital deployment before us, including new product development, opportunistic M&A, and are in discussions for a possible renewal of our credit facilities. We have set our 2014 outlook ranges to levels that incorporate near-term cost reductions, margin improvements and growth in selected areas, including the US Automotive and North American Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) markets."

Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $92.6 million compared to $98.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Automotive revenue decreased $3.8 million primarily reflecting lower OEM volumes and the impact of the competitive aftermarket pressure offset slightly by an increase in DOEM and compressor sales. Industrial revenue decreased $1.7 million compared to the prior-year period, primarily as a result of lower volumes for heavy duty business in Asia and stationary engines. The impact of foreign exchange on the fourth quarter revenue was insignificant.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $17.6 million, or 19.0% of revenue, compared to $21.3 million, or 21.8% of revenue in the fourth quarter, of 2012. The lower gross profit primarily reflects the lower revenue discussed above and cost increases in Automotive primarily related to inventory and outside services.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled $3.2 million, or 3.4% of revenue, compared to operating loss of $20.8 million, or 21.2% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2012, which included a non-cash goodwill and asset impairment charge of $22.0 million.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2013 was a loss of $0.3 million, or 0.3% of revenue, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $3.1 million, or 3.2% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily reflecting the abovementioned revenue and cost variances. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See "Non-GAAP Measures" below for a discussion of this metric.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $3.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $21.0 million, or $1.05 per diluted share.

FSS Automotive Operations

FSS Automotive fourth quarter 2013 revenue was $64.4 million, compared to $68.2 million from the same quarter a year ago. The impact of foreign exchange on FSS Automotive was a positive $1.0 million; in constant currency, fourth quarter 2013 FSS Automotive revenue decreased 7.1%, reflecting decreases in both aftermarket and OEM volumes. FSS Automotive fourth quarter 2013 operating loss was $2.7 million, compared to an operating loss of $16.2 million including $16.4 million of the impairment charge in the same period a year ago. FSS Automotive fourth quarter 2013 Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $0.8 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $2.0 million a year ago.

FSS Industrial Operations

Revenue from FSS Industrial was $28.2 million compared to $29.9 million the same quarter a year ago. The impact of foreign exchange on FSS Industrial was a negative $1.0 million; in constant currency, fourth quarter 2013 FSS Industrial revenue decreased 2.3%, reflecting slight decrease in its heavy duty and stationary engine volumes. FSS Industrial fourth quarter 2013 operating income was $1.3 million, compared to operating loss of $3.2 million including $5.7 million of the impairment charge in the same period a year ago. FSS Industrial fourth quarter 2013 Adjusted EBITDA was $1.5 million, compared to $2.4 million a year ago.

Full Year Ended December 31, 2013 Financial Results

For the full year ended December 31, 2013, total revenue was $399.8 million compared to $393.9 million for 2012. Foreign exchange negatively impacted revenues by $1.2 million in 2013. Net loss for the year was $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to net loss for 2012 of $15.6 million, or $0.78 per diluted share including the impairment charge.

Total FSS Automotive revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2013 was $276.5 million compared to $271.3 million for 2012. Foreign exchange positively impacted revenues by $1.8 million in 2013. Automotive operating income was $1.1 million compared to operating loss of $11.8 million for 2012 including the $16.4 million impairment charge. FSS Automotive Adjusted EBITDA for 2013 was $11.1 million compared to $17.1 million for 2012.

Total FSS Industrial revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2013 was $123.4 million compared to $122.7 million for 2012. Foreign exchange negatively impacted revenues by $3.0 million in 2013. Industrial operating income was $9.8 million for 2013 compared to $4.6 million for 2012 including the $5.7 million impairment charge. FSS Industrial Adjusted EBITDA for 2013 was $11.3 million compared to $13.4 million for 2012.

The tax rate for the 2013 was 115% compared to 16% in the prior year, which was significantly impacted by the impairment charge and a tax benefit in Canada. The Company continues to experience the high income tax rate that is primarily a result of the fluctuation of earnings in various jurisdictions and losses incurred in the US and certain foreign jurisdictions for which no tax benefits have been recorded.

Company Outlook

The Company expects full year 2014 revenue to be between $340 million and $360 million, 2014 gross margin of 21% to 23%, and 2014 positive cash flow as defined by Adjusted EBITDA of between $14 million and $20 million. This outlook is based upon the following expectations:

    Automotive operations – slower global transportation market given increasingly aggressive competition and the difficult economies in developing countries in Latin America and Europe, including the previously disclosed loss of certain OEM and DOEM programs in Asia and Europe, and the discontinuation of the Chevrolet brand in Europe. The slower markets will be partially offset by continued positive margin contributions from the US market and the anticipated maintenance of the Company's leading market share in the European aftermarket.
    Industrial operations – the loss of a large customer is expected to be partially offset by new engine programs beginning in late 2014 and early 2015, and by modest growth in the APU and mobile markets.
    A comparable margin performance in 2014 relative to 2013 on lower volumes given the expected revenue mix as the Company continues to implement cost reductions and focus on achieving greater operational efficiencies. The Company expects its effective tax rate for 2014 to be comparable to 2013 resulting from the anticipated mix of business by tax jurisdiction.

Non-GAAP Measures

To provide investors and others with additional information regarding Fuel Systems' results, in addition to the results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, in this press release, Fuel Systems presents Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the closest GAAP financial measure is presented in the financial tables below under the heading "Non-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE RECONCILIATION." Adjusted EBITDA is determined by adding the following items to Net Income, the closest GAAP financial measure: Depreciation & Amortization; Interest income, net; and Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes. Fuel Systems' management believes this non-GAAP financial measure offers additional insight into the Company's ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful period-to-period comparisons and analysis of trends in the business, as it excludes certain non-cash items. This non-GAAP financial measure also can provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating Fuel Systems' operating results and future prospects when comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. Fuel Systems may not define this non-GAAP financial measure in a manner similar to other companies.


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. Additional information is available at www.fuelsystemssolutions.com.
Company Contact:
Pietro Bersani, Chief Financial Officer Fuel, Systems Solutions, Inc.
(646) 502-7170

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Cathy Mattison
cmattison@lhai.com (415) 433-3777
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