Gentex Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

ZEELAND, Mich., Oct. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automotive automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, dimmable aircraft windows, and fire protection products, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.

3rd Quarter 2017 Summary

  • Net sales growth of 2% quarter over quarter while North American light vehicle production declined 8% on a quarter over quarter basis.
  • Gross Margin improvement of 130 basis points versus 2Q 2017
  • Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.31
  • 3.2 million shares repurchased during the quarter
  • $10.0 million of debt repaid during the quarter

For the third quarter of 2017, the Company reported net sales of $438.6 million, which was an increase of 2% compared to net sales of $429.6 million in the third quarter of 2016.  The 2% quarter over quarter growth in net sales was driven by an increase of 12% in international auto-dimming mirror unit shipments.  The underlying light vehicle production in Europe, Japan, and Korea was up 7% overall in these markets which comprise the majority of the Company's international shipments.  The growth in international auto-dimming mirror unit shipments was partially offset by a quarter over quarter decrease of 7% in North American auto-dimming mirror unit shipments which in large part resulted from an 8% quarter over quarter decline in North American light vehicle production.  During the third quarter of 2017, North American light vehicle production schedules decreased by approximately 3% as compared to the Company's original estimates for production, primarily due to intermittent plant shutdowns, which negatively impacted the Company's net sales growth on a quarter over quarter basis by approximately the same percentage. 

When compared with the third quarter of 2016, the gross margin declined from 40.5% to 39.0% in the third quarter of 2017, primarily as a result of annual customer price reductions that were not fully offset by purchasing cost reductions, as well as the Company's inability to leverage fixed overhead costs due to the lower growth in sales on a quarter over quarter basis.  However, the gross profit margin improved sequentially from 37.7% in second quarter of 2017 to 39.0% in the third quarter of 2017, primarily as a result of improvements in product mix and manufacturing efficiencies.

Income from operations for the third quarter of 2017 decreased 4% to $129.1 million when compared to income from operations of $134.2 million for the third quarter of 2016, due to the lower quarter over quarter gross profit margin percentage, which more than offset the quarter over quarter increase in net sales.

Other income increased to $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2016, due to an increase in investment income during the most recently completed quarter as compared to the same quarter last year.

Net income for the third quarter of 2017 decreased 2% to $90.2 million compared with net income of $92.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Earnings per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017 decreased 3% to $0.31, compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.32 in the third quarter of 2016, as a result of the decrease in net income.

Automotive net sales in the third quarter of 2017 were $428.2 million, an increase of 2% compared with automotive net sales of $419.8 million in the third quarter of 2016, driven by a 5% increase in auto-dimming mirror unit shipments on a quarter over quarter basis.

Other net sales in the third quarter of 2017, which includes dimmable aircraft windows and fire protection products, were $10.5 million, an increase of 6%, compared to other net sales of $9.8 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Share Repurchases
During the third quarter of 2017, the Company repurchased 3.2 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $17.51 per share.  As of September 30, 2017, the Company has approximately 14.9 million shares remaining available for repurchase pursuant to its previously announced share repurchase plan. The Company intends to continue to repurchase additional shares of its common stock in the future depending on macroeconomic issues, market trends and other factors that the Company deems appropriate.

Debt Repayment
During the third quarter of 2017, the Company paid down $8.1 million of debt on the Company's term loan, which in combination with its normally scheduled principal repayment of $1.9 million resulted in a total repayment of $10.0 million during the quarter.  The Company expects to continue, at its discretion based on previously disclosed factors, to pay additional principal toward its debt in the future, in anticipation of such debt maturing on September 27, 2018.

Future Estimates
The Company’s forecasts for light vehicle production for the fourth quarter and full year 2017 are based on the IHS Automotive October 2017 forecast for light vehicle production in North America, Europe, Japan and Korea.

Light Vehicle Production (per IHS Automotive October light vehicle production forecast)
(in Millions)
Region  4Q 2017  4Q 2016  % Change  Calendar
 Year 2017 
 Year 2016 
 % Change 
North America 4.23 4.36       (3)% 17.28 17.83       (3)%
Europe 5.69 5.37 6% 22.27 21.54 3%
Japan and Korea 3.50 3.48 1% 13.51 12.91 5%
Total Light Vehicle Production 13.42 13.21 2% 53.06 52.28 1%

Based on the October 2017 IHS light vehicle production forecast, current forecasted product mix and expense growth estimates, the Company has updated certain of its 2017 guidance.  For the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company estimates that revenue will increase between 5% and 10% versus the same quarter last year.  Other guidance has been updated below to reflect actual results through the first nine months of calendar year 2017.

2017 Calendar Year Guidance
 Annual Guidance
ItemUpdated as of 7/21/17  Updated as of 10/20/17
Net Sales$1.79 - $1.83 billion  $1.78 - $1.80 billion
Gross Margin38.5% - 39.0%  no change
Operating Expenses (E,R&D and S,G&A) $165 - $170 million  no change
Tax Rate (excluding discrete items)31.5% - 32.5%  31.0% - 32.0%
Capital Expenditures$115 - $130 million  $110 - $120 million
Depreciation & Amortization$95 - $105 million  $95 - $100 million

Finally, based on 2018 light vehicle production forecasts and current forecasted product mix, the Company is making no changes to its previously announced revenue estimates for calendar year 2018, which continues to be estimated to be over and above the foregoing 2017 revenue estimates in the range of 6% - 10%.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The statements contained in this communication that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements give the Company’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “goal”, “hope”, “may”, “plan”, “project”, “will”, and variations of such words and similar expressions.  Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond the Company’s control, and could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those described. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: changes in general industry or regional market conditions; changes in consumer and customer preferences for our products (such as cameras replacing mirrors and/or autonomous driving); our ability to be awarded new business; continued uncertainty in pricing negotiations with customers; loss of business from increased competition; changes in strategic relationships; customer bankruptcies or divestiture of customer brands; fluctuation in vehicle production schedules; changes in product mix; raw material shortages; higher raw material, fuel, energy and other costs; unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates in the regions in which we operate; costs or difficulties related to the integration and/or ability to maximize the value of any new or acquired technologies and businesses; changes in regulatory conditions; warranty and recall claims and other litigation and customer reactions thereto; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; changes in tax laws; import and export duty and tariff rates in or with the countries with which we conduct business; and negative impact of any governmental investigations and associated litigations including securities litigations relating to the conduct of our business. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law or the rules of the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement should be read in conjunction with the additional information about risks and uncertainties identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s latest Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Third Quarter Conference Call
A conference call related to this news release will be simulcast live on the Internet beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET today, October 20, 2017. The dial-in number to participate in the call is 844-389-8658, passcode 91223697.  Participants may listen to the call via audio streaming at or by visiting A webcast replay will be available approximately 24 hours after the conclusion of the call at

About The Company

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (The NASDAQ Global Select Market: GNTX) is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. Visit the Company’s web site at

Contact Information:
Gentex Investor & Media Contact
Josh O'Berski
(616)772-1590 x5814

 Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2017 2016 %
 2017 2016 %
North American Interior Mirrors2,102  2,259       (7)% 6,693  6,835       (2)%
North American Exterior Mirrors842  921  (9)% 2,673  2,714  (2)%
Total North American Mirror Units 2,944  3,179  (7)% 9,366  9,549  (2)%
International Interior Mirrors4,794  4,258  13% 14,438  12,771  13%
International Exterior Mirrors1,875  1,675  12% 5,517  4,887  13%
Total International Mirror Units6,668  5,933  12% 19,954  17,658  13%
Total Interior Mirrors6,896  6,517  6% 21,130  19,606  8%
Total Exterior Mirrors2,717  2,596  5% 8,189  7,601  8%
Total Auto-Dimming Mirror Units9,613  9,113  5% 29,320  27,207  8%
Note: Percent change and amounts may not total due to rounding.

 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months ended September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net Sales$438,627,786  $429,643,276  $1,335,302,109  $1,259,011,840 
Cost of Goods Sold267,398,126  255,821,376  821,063,869  759,726,593 
Gross profit171,229,660  173,821,900  514,238,240  499,285,247 
Engineering, Research & Development24,770,279  23,585,115  75,165,946  69,748,112 
Selling, General & Administrative17,386,729  16,024,504  49,708,008  45,730,143 
Operating Expenses42,157,008  39,609,619  124,873,954  115,478,255 
Income from operations129,072,652  134,212,281  389,364,286  383,806,992 
Other Income (Expense)1,759,391  115,701  4,276,424  (2,300,688)
Income before Income Taxes130,832,043  134,327,982  393,640,710  381,506,304 
Provision for Income Taxes40,601,708  42,263,336  117,317,687  122,676,422 
Net Income$90,230,335  $92,064,646  $276,323,023  $258,829,882 
Earnings Per Share       
Basic$0.32  $0.32  $0.97  $0.90 
Diluted$0.31  $0.32  $0.96  $0.89 
Weighted Average Shares       
Basic284,661,920  287,736,638  285,915,565  288,466,905 
Diluted287,020,950  290,453,825  289,061,501  291,024,663 
Cash Dividends Declared per Share$0.100  $0.090  $0.290  $0.265 

 September 30, 2017 December 31, 2016
Cash and Cash Equivalents$561,999,767  $546,477,075 
Short-Term Investments178,650,929  177,021,197 
Accounts Receivable, net240,505,816  211,591,745 
Inventories206,657,817  189,311,437 
Other Current Assets16,047,166  30,587,575 
Total Current Assets1,203,861,495  1,154,989,029 
Plant and Equipment - Net493,663,599  465,822,467 
Goodwill307,365,845  307,365,845 
Long-Term Investments51,663,435  49,894,363 
Intangible Assets293,800,000  308,275,000 
Patents and Other Assets21,276,820  23,273,129 
Total Other Assets674,106,100  688,808,337 
Total Assets$2,371,631,194  $2,309,619,833 
Current Liabilities$264,922,840  $149,857,979 
Long-Term Debt  178,125,000 
Deferred Income Taxes80,443,155  71,212,620 
Shareholders' Investment2,026,265,199  1,910,424,234 
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Investment$2,371,631,194  $2,309,619,833