Key Tronic Corporation Announces Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

Year-over-Year Revenue Up 8%; New Program Wins

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Oct. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq: KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. These results are in line with the preliminary results announced on October 24, 2023.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, Keytronic reported total revenue of $147.8 million, up 8% from $137.3 million in the same period of fiscal year 2023. The Company’s gross margin for the first quarter of 2024 was 7.4% and operating margin was 2.2%, compared to a gross margin of 7.6% and an operating margin of 2.4% in the same period of fiscal 2023. For the first quarter of fiscal 2024, net income was $0.3 million or $0.03 per share, compared to $1.2 million or $0.11 per share for the same period of fiscal 2023.

The year-over-year decline in earnings was primarily a result of unanticipated severance costs of $0.6 million, or approximately $0.04 to $0.05 per diluted share, as the Company reduced its workforce by over 100 employees in Mexico and the US. The workforce reduction reflects softening demand for a number of different programs and is expected to reduce operating expenses by more than $5 million annually. Keytronic also continued to be adversely impacted by high interest expense and the strength of the Mexican Peso, although the Mexican Peso has weakened during the second quarter.

“During first quarter of fiscal year 2024, we continued to ramp many new programs produced in our US facilities and remained profitable, despite a softening of customer demand for our Mexico-based programs,” said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As previously announced, the large program with a leading power equipment company is now expected to resume materially in fiscal 2025 rather than 2024, with a redesigned product.”

“At the same time, we continued to expand our customer base during the first quarter and won new programs involving security equipment, sporting goods, environmental solutions, and industrial control systems. We’re also seeing some gradual improvement in our gross margins and have continued to reduce our inventories to be more in line with current revenue levels, as well as reducing our accounts payable, leasing obligations and overall debt in the quarter.”

“In the second half of fiscal year 2024, we expect increased demand for many of our Mexico-based programs. Overall, we continue to see the favorable trend of contract manufacturing returning to North America, as well as a growing number of potential customers evaluating a migration of their China-based manufacturing to our facility in Vietnam.”

The financial data presented for first quarter of fiscal year 2024 should be considered preliminary and could be subject to change, as the Company’s independent auditor has not completed their review procedures.

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of fiscal 2024, Keytronic expects to report revenue in the range of $135 million to $145 million and earnings in the range of $0.05 to $0.10 per diluted share. These expected results assume an effective tax rate of 20% in the coming quarter.

Conference Call

Keytronic will host a conference call to discuss its financial results at 2:00 PM Pacific (5:00 PM Eastern) today. A broadcast of the conference call will be available at under “Investor Relations” or by calling 888-254-3590 or +1-323-794-2551 (Access Code: 5128668). A replay will be available at under “Investor Relations”.

About Keytronic

Keytronic is a leading contract manufacturer offering value-added design and manufacturing services from its facilities in the United States, Mexico, China and Vietnam. The Company provides its customers full engineering services, materials management, worldwide manufacturing facilities, assembly services, in-house testing, and worldwide distribution. Its customers include some of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers. For more information about Keytronic visit:

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to those including such words as aims, anticipates, believes, continues, estimates, expects, hopes, intends, plans, predicts, projects, targets, or will, similar verbs, or nouns corresponding to such verbs, which may be forward looking. Forward-looking statements also include other passages that are relevant to expected future events, performances, and actions or that can only be fully evaluated by events that will occur in the future. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, the Company’s statements regarding its expectations with respect to financial conditions and results, including revenue and earnings, demand for certain products and the effectiveness of some of our programs, business from customers and programs, and impacts from operational streamlining. There are many factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted or projected in forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the future of the global economic environment and its impact on our customers and suppliers; the availability of components from the supply chain; the availability of a healthy workforce; the accuracy of suppliers’ and customers’ forecasts; development and success of customers’ programs and products; timing and effectiveness of ramping of new programs; success of new-product introductions; the risk of legal proceedings or governmental investigations relating to the subject of the internal investigation by the Company’s Audit Committee and related or other unrelated matters; acquisitions or divestitures of operations or facilities; technology advances; changes in pricing policies by the Company, its competitors, customers or suppliers; impact of new governmental legislation and regulation, including tax reform, tariffs and related activities, such trade negotiations and other risks; and other factors, risks, and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings.


(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2023 October 1, 2022
Net sales$147,763  $137,262 
Cost of sales 136,901   126,884 
Gross profit 10,862   10,378 
Research, development and engineering expenses 2,241   2,296 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,784   5,656 
Gain on insurance proceeds, net of losses (431)  (934)
Total operating expenses 7,594   7,018 
Operating income 3,268   3,360 
Interest expense, net 3,011   1,887 
Income before income taxes 257   1,473 
Income tax (benefit) provision (78)  322 
Net income$335  $1,151 
Net income per share — Basic$0.03  $0.11 
Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic 10,762   10,762 
Net income per share — Diluted$0.03  $0.11 
Weighted average shares outstanding — Diluted 11,003   10,832 


(In thousands)

 September 30, 2023 July 1, 2023
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents3,574  3,603 
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $23 and $23141,442  150,600 
Contract assets32,903  29,925 
Inventories, net126,778  137,911 
Other22,930  27,510 
Total current assets327,627  349,549 
Property, plant and equipment, net28,085  28,870 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net15,928  16,202 
Other assets:   
Deferred income tax asset13,205  12,254 
Other7,500  11,397 
Total other assets20,705  23,651 
Total assets392,345  418,272 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable101,638  115,899 
Accrued compensation and vacation11,860  13,351 
Current portion of debt, net6,196  7,849 
Other13,330  14,867 
Total current liabilities133,024  151,966 
Long-term liabilities:   
Term loans6,272  6,726 
Revolving loan109,517  114,805 
Operating lease liabilities10,939  10,317 
Deferred income tax liability324  274 
Other long-term obligations1,201  3,567 
Total long-term liabilities128,253  135,689 
Total liabilities261,277  287,655 
Shareholders’ equity:   
Common stock, no par value—shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 10,762 and 10,762 shares, respectively47,786  47,728 
Retained earnings83,321  82,986 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(39) (97)
Total shareholders’ equity131,068  130,617 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity392,345  418,272 

CONTACTS:Brett LarsenMichael Newman
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