Fuel Systems Solutions Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2013 Results

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Fourth Quarter Revenue of $92.6 Million

Full Year 2013 Revenue of $399.8 Million

NEW YORK, March 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, March 14th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time to discuss its fourth quarter and year-end 2013 financial results and other matters. To listen to the call live, please dial 877-359-9508 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 224-357-2393. The conference ID will be 4440951. The call will be webcast and can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at http://www.fuelsystemssolutions.com. A telephone replay will be available until midnight Eastern Time on March 16th by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and entering pass code 4440951. 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 2014, as well as its position in the market place, the success of its products and its effective tax rate for the year. 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 a further slowing of economic activity; our ability to maintain customer program relationships; our ability to reduce our cost structure and expenses as anticipated; the unpredictable nature of the developing alternative fuel US automotive market; customer dissatisfaction with the Company's products or services; the inability of the Company to deliver its products on schedule; the availability of gaseous fueling infrastructure in our markets globally; the price differential between alternative gaseous fuels and gasoline; economic uncertainties caused by political instability in certain of the local markets we do business in; the growth of non-gaseous alternative fuel products and other new technologies; currency rate fluctuations and devaluations; our ability to realign costs with current market conditions; unanticipated litigations; differences in the tax policies of each country from which the Company derives income that would impact our effective tax rate; potential changes in tax policies and government incentives and their effect on the economic benefits of our products to consumers; the continued weakness in financial and credit markets and the economy; and the repeal or implementation of government regulations relating to reducing vehicle emissions. 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, 2012. The Company does not undertake to update or revise any of its forward-looking statements.

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
 
Investor Relations Contacts:
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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 data)
     
  December 31,
2013
December 31,
2012
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 80,961 $ 75,675
Accounts receivable less allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,993 and $4,349 at December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively 65,008 75,191
Inventories 95,052 104,056
Deferred tax assets, net 10,234 7,999
Other current assets 21,490 14,815
Short-term investments 14,615 — 
Related party receivables 2,787 5,205
Total current assets 290,147 282,941
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 58,402 59,368
Goodwill 48,896 49,218
Deferred tax assets, net 4,129 5,008
Intangible assets, net 11,790 15,186
Other assets 1,260 861
Long-term investments 675  7,236
Total Assets $ 415,299 $ 419,818
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 40,702 $ 42,483
Accrued expenses 42,094 42,156
Income taxes payable 216 2,804
Current portion of term loans and debt 213 308
Deferred tax liabilities, net —  305
Related party payables 2,860 4,100
Total current liabilities 86,085 92,156
Term and other loans 215 713
Other liabilities 8,364 8,354
Deferred tax liabilities, net 1,583 1,548
Total Liabilities 96,247 102,771
Commitments and contingencies (Note 18)    
Equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 1,000,000 shares; none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and 2012 —  — 
Common stock, $0.001 par value, authorized 200,000,000 shares; 20,104,009 issued and 20,096,010 outstanding at December 31, 2013; and 20,061,887 issued and 20,039,020 outstanding at December 31, 2012 20 20
Additional paid-in capital 320,345 319,667
Shares held in treasury, 7,999 shares at December 31, 2013 and 2012 (295) (305)
Accumulated Deficit (735) (275)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (439) (2,060)
Total Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. Equity 318,896 317,047
Non-controlling interest 156 — 
Total Equity 319,052 317,047
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 415,299 $ 419,818
 
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
         
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2013   2012 2013 2012
         
Revenue $92,573 $98,045 $399,841 $393,947
Cost of revenue 74,939 76,713 312,703 302,113
Gross profit 17,634 21,332 87,138 91,834
Operating expenses:        
Research and development expense 6,858 6,392 27,540 28,327
Selling, general and administrative expense 13,949 13,671 55,189 54,747
Impairments —  22,046 —  22,046
Total operating expenses 20,807 42,109 82,729 105,120
Operating (loss) income (3,173) (20,777) 4,409 (13,286)
Other expense, net (638) (1,505) (1,536) (492)
Interest income, net 179 129 215 329
(Loss) income from operations before income taxes and non-controlling interest (3,632) (22,153) 3,088 (13,449)
Income tax benefit (expense) 254 1,193 (3,566) (2,183)
Net loss (3,378) (20,960) (478) (15,632)
Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest 31 —  18 — 
Net loss attributable to Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. $(3,347) $(20,960) $(460) $(15,632)
Net loss per share attributable to Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc:        
Basic $(0.16) $(1.05) $(0.02) $(0.78)
Diluted $(0.16) $(1.05) $(0.02) $(0.78)
Number of shares used in per share calculation:        
Basic 20,095,478 20,024,267 20,073,360 20,020,487
Diluted 20,095,478 20,024,267 20,073,360 20,020,487
 
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
     
  Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,
  2013 2012
     
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss
$(478) $(15,632)
Less: Net loss attributable to the non-controlling interest 18
Net income attributable to Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (460) (15,632)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and other amortization 10,917 10,424
Amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions 2,915 5,800
Impairments 22,046
Provision for doubtful accounts 583 2,299
Provision for related party loan receivable —  828
Write down of inventory 4,310 4,246
Loss on acquisition 2,024 — 
Other non-cash items (222) — 
Deferred income taxes (1,939) (8,115)
Unrealized loss on foreign exchange transactions 2,961 859
Compensation expense related to equity awards 362 1,015
 (Gain) loss on disposal of equipment and other assets (281) 1,005
Reduction of contingent consideration (406) (839)
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:    
Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable 10,552 (12,878)
Decrease (increase) in inventories 1,649 (2,500)
(Increase) decrease in other current assets (6,338) 827
(Increase) decrease in other assets (596) 715
Decrease in accounts payable (2,288) (11,271)
(Decrease) increase in income taxes payable (2,522) 308
Increase (decrease) in accrued expenses 312 9,776
Decrease in long-term liabilities (154) (762)
Receivables from/payables to related party, net 223 4,667
Net cash provided by operating activities 21,602 12,818
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Purchase of equipment and leasehold improvements (9,506) (13,704)
Purchase of investments (14,626) (18,277)
Sale of investment 6,753 — 
Redemption of investment at maturity 11,930
Acquisition, net of cash acquired (841) (5,700)
Amount in restricted cash for acquisition of non-controlling interest —  2,820
Other 244 258
Net cash used in investing activities (17,976) (22,673)
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Decrease in callable revolving lines of credit, net —  (2,438)
Payments on term loans and other loans (582) (6,397)
Acquisition of non-controlling interest —  (2,820)
Other 327 18
Net cash used in financing activities (255) (11,637)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 3,371 (21,492)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 1,915 427
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 5,286 (21,065)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 75,675 96,740
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $80,961 $75,675
 
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE RECONCILIATION
(In thousands); (Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
Segment adjusted EBITDA: 2013 2012 2013 2012
         
FSS Industrial $1,477 $2,406 $11,318 $13,368
FSS Automotive (766) 1,998 11,082 17,124
Corporate and Other (1,028) (1,288) (5,695) (6,000)
         
Total adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $(317) $3,116 $16,705 $24,492
         
Reconciliation:        
         
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest 31 —  18 — 
Interest income, net 179 129 215 329
Benefit (provision) for income taxes 254 1,193 (3,566) (2,183)
Depreciation and amortization (3,494) (3,352) (13,832) (16,224)
Impairments (22,046) (22,046)
         
Net loss attributable to Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. $(3,347) $(20,960) $(460) $(15,632)
 
FUEL SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC. 
OPERATING SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In Thousands); 
         
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue:        
FSS Industrial   $ 28,184  $ 29,874  $ 123,351  $ 122,674
FSS Automotive  64,389 68,171 276,490 271,273
Total   $ 92,573  $ 98,045  $ 399,841  $ 393,947
         
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Operating Income (Loss):        
FSS Industrial   $ 1,347  $ (3,231)  $ 9,811  $ 4,644
FSS Automotive   (2,734)  (16,191)  1,116  (11,833)
Corporate Expenses (1)   (1,786)  (1,355)  (6,518)  (6,097)
Total   $ (3,173)  $ (20,777)  $ 4,409  $ (13,286)
         
(1) Represents corporate expense not allocated to either of the business segments.