Plexus Announces Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Results

  • Revenue of $767 million for the fiscal second quarter of 2020
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.43
  • Non-GAAP adjusted diluted EPS of $0.61, excluding $0.18 per share related to restructuring activities, net of tax, as a result of the previously announced closure of our Boulder Design Center
  • Initiates fiscal third quarter 2020 revenue guidance of $790 to $830 million with GAAP diluted EPS of $0.72 to $0.82, excluding unforeseen material impacts relating to COVID-19

NEENAH, Wis., April 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plexus (NASDAQ: PLXS) today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended April 4, 2020, and guidance for its fiscal third quarter ending July 4, 2020.

   Three Months Ended
   Apr 4, 2020 Jul 4, 2020
   Q2F20 Results (3) Q3F20 Guidance
Summary GAAP Items     
Revenue (in millions)  $767 $790 to $830
Operating margin  2.2% 3.8% to 4.2%
Diluted EPS (1)  $0.43 $0.72 to $0.82
Summary Non-GAAP Items (2)     
Adjusted operating margin  3.0%  
Adjusted diluted EPS (1)  $0.61  
Return on invested capital (ROIC)  11.4%  
Economic return  2.6%  
(1Includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.19 for Q2F20 results and $0.21 for Q3F20 guidance.
(2Excludes $0.18 per share related to restructuring activities, net of tax, as a result of the previously announced closure of our Boulder Design Center. Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information in Tables 1 and 2 for non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation to GAAP.
(3On March 2 and March 23, 2020, Plexus announced updates to its fiscal second quarter revenue outlook.  The Company stated that it expected its fiscal second quarter revenue to fall below its previously issued guidance range as a result of COVID-19 impacts. 

Fiscal Second Quarter 2020 Information

  • Won 36 manufacturing programs during the quarter representing $248 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production
  • Trailing four quarter wins total $844 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production
  • Purchased $13.2 million of our shares at an average price of $58.57 per share under our existing share repurchase program, which program we suspended indefinitely in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Todd Kelsey, President and CEO, commented, “We achieved fiscal second quarter revenue of $767 million and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.61, excluding $0.18 due to the previously announced closure of our Boulder Design Center.  While our results were impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, our teams demonstrated their ability and resolve to mitigate the challenges and complexities of COVID-19.  We remain committed to delivering for our customers and helping to create the products that build a better world.  These include critical medical products being used by healthcare workers on the frontline of the battle against COVID‑19 and consist of: infusion pumps, portable ultrasounds, hospital bed electronics, portable patient monitors, ventilators, mobile x-ray electronics and diagnostic test systems.  In addition to supporting the fight against COVID-19, Plexus continues to produce products that support the essential infrastructure needs of our communities."

Patrick Jermain, Executive Vice President and CFO, commented, “Despite the precipitous onset of COVID‑19, we delivered a return on invested capital of 11.4% in the quarter.  This generated an economic return of 260 basis points above our weighted average cost of capital, creating solid shareholder value.  Further, we believe that Plexus is well-positioned with a strong balance sheet as we face the future challenges presented by COVID-19.  As of April 4, 2020, cash totaled $227 million while debt totaled $294 million.  In addition, we have significant funding availability through our revolving credit facility should future needs arise.” 

Mr. Kelsey concluded, “We are dedicated to the health and safety of our team members. As such, we continue to invest in our policies and protocols to operate in the safest manner possible.  As we look forward to our fiscal third quarter, we expect to deliver revenue in the range of $790 to $830 million and GAAP diluted EPS of $0.72 to $0.82.  In providing this guidance, we have taken into consideration known constraints on the global supply chain, workforce challenges, as well as the potential operational inefficiencies that could occur due to COVID-19; however, our guidance assumes no large scale closures of our facilities, or those of our suppliers or customers, due to COVID-19, nor does it assume that the COVID-19 outbreak will materially impact end markets beyond what has already occurred.  We commit to providing timely and transparent updates should negative material changes to our revenue and EPS expectations occur within the quarter.”

Quarterly ComparisonThree Months Ended
 Apr 4, 2020 Jan 4, 2020 Mar 30, 2019
(in thousands, except EPS)Q2F20 Q1F20 Q2F19
Revenue$767,364  $852,409  $789,051 
Gross profit61,445  79,190  70,636 
Operating income17,209  39,934  33,174 
Net income12,926  31,006  24,758 
Diluted EPS0.43  1.03  0.79 
Adjusted net income (1)18,299  30,192  24,758 
Adjusted diluted EPS (1)0.61  1.00  0.79 
Gross margin8.0% 9.3% 9.0%
Operating margin2.2% 4.7% 4.2%
Adjusted operating margin (1)3.0% 4.7% 4.2%
ROIC (1)11.4% 14.7% 13.3%
Economic return (1)2.6% 5.9% 4.3%
(1) Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information in Tables 1 and 2 for non-GAAP financial measures discussed and/or disclosed in this release, such as adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, ROIC and economic return, and a reconciliation of these measures to GAAP.

Business Segment and Market Sector Revenue
The Company measures operational performance and allocates resources on a geographic segment basis.  The Company also reports revenue based on the market sector breakout set forth in the table below, which reflects the Company’s market sector focused strategy.  Top 10 customers comprised 56% of revenue during the fiscal second quarter, up two percentage points from the fiscal first quarter of 2020.

Business Segments ($ in millions)Three Months Ended
 Apr 4, 2020 Jan 4, 2020 Mar 30, 2019
 Q2F20 Q1F20 Q2F19
Americas$334  $353  $364 
Asia-Pacific388  451  378 
Europe, Middle East, and Africa74  85  76 
Elimination of inter-segment sales(29)  (37)  (29) 
Total Revenue$767  $852  $789 

Market Sectors ($ in millions)Three Months Ended
 Apr 4, 2020 Jan 4, 2020 Mar 30, 2019
 Q2F20 Q1F20 Q2F19
Healthcare/Life Sciences$271 35% $312 37% $300 38%
Industrial/Commercial287 37% 310 36% 250 32%
Aerospace/Defense157 21% 172 20% 140 18%
Communications52 7% 58 7% 99 12%
Total Revenue$767   $852   $789  

Non-GAAP Supplemental Information
Plexus provides non-GAAP supplemental information, such as ROIC, economic return, and free cash flow, because such measures are used for internal management goals and decision making, and because they provide management and investors with additional insight into financial performance. In addition, management uses these and other non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS, to provide a better understanding of core performance for purposes of period-to-period comparisons.  Plexus believes that these measures are also useful to investors because they provide further insight by eliminating the effect of non-recurring items that are not reflective of continuing operations.  For a full reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to comparable GAAP measures, please refer to the attached Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables.

ROIC and Economic Return
ROIC for the fiscal second quarter was 11.4%.  The Company defines ROIC as tax-effected annualized adjusted operating income divided by average invested capital over a three-quarter period for the fiscal second quarter.  Invested capital is defined as equity plus debt and operating lease liabilities, less cash and cash equivalents.  The Company’s weighted average cost of capital for fiscal 2020 is 8.8%.  ROIC for the fiscal second quarter less the Company’s weighted average cost of capital resulted in an economic return of 2.6%.

Free Cash Flow
The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows provided by operations less capital expenditures.  For the three months ended April 4, 2020, cash flows used by operations was $29.3 million, less capital expenditures of $17.0 million, resulting in negative free cash flow of $46.3 million.

Cash Cycle DaysThree Months Ended
 Apr 4, 2020
 Jan 4, 2020
 Mar 30, 2019
Days in Accounts Receivable55  49  51 
Days in Contract Assets13  12  10 
Days in Inventory99  87  102 
Days in Accounts Payable(62) (61) (61)
Days in Cash Deposits(18) (16) (16)
Annualized Cash Cycle *87  71  86 
* We calculate cash cycle as the sum of days in accounts receivable, days in contract assets and days in inventory, less days in accounts payable and days in cash deposits.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

What:Plexus Fiscal 2020 Q2 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
When:Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Where:   Participants are encouraged to join the live webcast at the investor relations section of the Plexus website,, where a slide presentation reviewing fiscal second quarter 2020 results will also be made available ahead of the conference call.
 Conference call at +1.866.922.5180 with passcode: 2296280
Replay:The webcast will be archived on the Plexus website and available via telephone replay at +1.855.859.2056 or +1.404.537.3406 with passcode: 2296280

Investor and Media Contact
Heather Beresford

About Plexus
Since 1979, Plexus has been partnering with companies to create the products that build a better world.  We are a team of over 19,000 individuals who are dedicated to providing global Design and Development, Supply Chain Solutions, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing, and Aftermarket Services.  Plexus is a global leader that specializes in serving customers in industries with highly complex products and demanding regulatory environments.  Plexus delivers customer service excellence to leading global companies by providing innovative, comprehensive solutions throughout the product’s lifecycle.  For more information about Plexus, visit our website at

Safe Harbor and Fair Disclosure Statement
The statements contained in this press release that are guidance or which are not historical facts (such as statements in the future tense and statements including believe, expect, intend, plan, anticipate, goal, target and similar terms and concepts), including all discussions of periods which are not yet completed, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  These risks and uncertainties include the evolving effect, which may intensify, of COVID-19 on our employees, customers, suppliers, and logistics providers, including the impact of governmental actions being taken to curtail the spread of the virus.  Other risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk of customer delays, changes, cancellations or forecast inaccuracies in both ongoing and new programs; the lack of visibility of future orders, particularly in view of changing economic conditions; the economic performance of the industries, sectors and customers we serve; the effects of shortages and delays in obtaining components as a result of economic cycles, natural disasters or otherwise; the effects of tariffs, trade disputes, trade agreements and other trade protection measures; the effects of the volume of revenue from certain sectors or programs on our margins in particular periods; our ability to secure new customers, maintain our current customer base and deliver product on a timely basis; the risks of concentration of work for certain customers;  the particular risks relative to new or recent customers, programs or services, which risks include customer and other delays, start-up costs, potential inability to execute, the establishment of appropriate terms of agreements, and the lack of a track record of order volume and timing; the effects of start-up costs of new programs and facilities or the costs associated with the closure or consolidation of facilities; possible unexpected costs and operating disruption in transitioning programs, including transitions between Company facilities; the risk that new program wins and/or customer demand may not result in the expected revenue or profitability; the fact that customer orders may not lead to long-term relationships; our ability to manage successfully and execute a complex business model characterized by high product mix and demanding quality, regulatory, and other requirements; the risks associated with excess and obsolete inventory, including the risk that inventory purchased on behalf of our customers may not be consumed or otherwise paid for by the customer, resulting in an inventory write-off; risks related to information technology systems and data security; the ability to realize anticipated savings from restructuring or similar actions, as well as the adequacy of related charges as compared to actual expenses; increasing regulatory and compliance requirements; the effects of U.S. Tax Reform and of related foreign jurisdiction tax developments; current or potential future barriers to the repatriation of funds that are currently held outside of the United States as a result of actions taken by other countries or otherwise; the potential effects of jurisdictional results on our taxes, tax rates, and our ability to use deferred tax assets and net operating losses; the weakness of areas of the global economy; the effect of changes in the pricing and margins of products; raw materials and component cost fluctuations; the potential effect of fluctuations in the value of the currencies in which we transact business; the effects of changes in economic conditions, political conditions and tax matters in the United States and in the other countries in which we do business (including as a result of the United Kingdom’s pending exit from the European Union); the potential effect of other world or local events or other events outside our control (such as changes in energy prices, terrorism and weather events); the impact of increased competition; an inability to successfully manage human capital; changes in financial accounting standards; and other risks detailed herein and in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings, particularly in Risk Factors in our fiscal 2019 Form 10-K.

(in thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 Apr 4, Mar 30 Apr 4, Mar 30
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Net sales$767,364  $789,051  $1,619,773  $1,554,595 
Cost of sales705,919  718,415  1,479,138  1,411,576 
Gross profit 61,445   70,636   140,635   143,019 
Operating expenses       
Selling and administrative expenses38,233  37,462  77,489  72,894 
Restructuring and impairment charges6,003    6,003   
Operating income 17,209   33,174   57,143   70,125 
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense(3,814) (3,145) (7,946) (5,394)
Interest income533  440  1,178  965 
Miscellaneous154  (1,773) (2,019) (2,885)
Income before income taxes 14,082   28,696   48,356   62,811 
Income tax expense1,156  3,938  4,424  15,827 
Net income$12,926  $24,758  $43,932  $46,984 
Earnings per share:       
Basic$0.44  $0.81  $1.50  $1.52 
Diluted$0.43  $0.79  $1.46  $1.48 
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic29,291  30,603  29,216  31,003 
Diluted29,925  31,385  29,999  31,836 

(in thousands, except per share data)
 Apr 4, Sept 28,
 2020 2019
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$225,830  $223,761 
Restricted cash1,458  2,493 
Accounts receivable462,812  488,284 
Contract assets111,277  90,841 
Inventories765,818  700,938 
Prepaid expenses and other27,537  31,974 
Total current assets 1,594,732   1,538,291 
 381,668  384,224 
Operating lease right-of-use asset74,371   
Deferred income taxes14,071  13,654 
Other 30,356   64,714 
Total non-current assets 500,466   462,592 
Total assets$2,095,198  $2,000,883 
Current liabilities:   
Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations$107,880  $100,702 
Accounts payable483,441  444,944 
Customer deposits136,545  139,841 
Accrued salaries and wages53,199  73,555 
Other accrued liabilities119,792  106,461 
Total current liabilities 900,857   865,503 
Long-term debt and finance lease obligations, net of current portion186,327  187,278 
Accrued income taxes payable53,899  59,572 
Long-term operating lease liabilities39,617   
Deferred income taxes6,363  5,305 
Other liabilities15,577  17,649 
Total non-current liabilities 301,783   269,804 
Total liabilities 1,202,640   1,135,307 
Shareholders’ equity:   
Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000 shares authorized,   
53,414 and 52,917 shares issued, respectively,   
and 29,186 and 29,004 shares outstanding, respectively534  529 
Additional paid-in-capital607,446  597,401 
Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 24,228 and 23,913, respectively(912,731) (893,247)
Retained earnings1,221,532  1,178,677 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(24,223) (17,784)
Total shareholders’ equity 892,558   865,576 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$2,095,198  $2,000,883 

(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  Apr 4, Jan 4, Mar 30, Apr 4, Mar 30,
  2020 2020 2019 2020 2019
Operating income, as reported17,209  $39,934  $33,174  57,143  $70,125 
Operating margin, as reported2.2%  4.7%  4.2%  3.5%  4.5% 
Non-GAAP adjustments:         
Restructuring and impairment charges (1)6,003      6,003   
Adjusted operating income$23,212  $39,934  $33,174  $63,146  $70,125 
Adjusted operating margin3.0%  4.7%  4.2%  3.9%  4.5% 
Net income, as reported$12,926  $31,006  $24,758  $43,932  $46,984 
Non-GAAP adjustments:         
Special tax impacts (2)  (814)   (814) 7,035 
Restructuring and impairment charges, net of tax (1)5,373      5,373   
Adjusted net income$18,299  $30,192  $24,758  $48,491  $54,019 
Diluted earnings per share, as reported$0.43  $1.03  $0.79  $1.46  $1.48 
Non-GAAP per share adjustments:         
Special tax impacts (2)  (0.03)   (0.02) 0.22 
Restructuring costs, net of tax (1)0.18      0.18   
Adjusted diluted earnings per share$0.61  $1.00  $0.79  $1.62  $1.70 
(1During the three months ended April 4, 2020, restructuring costs of $6.0 million, or $5.4 million net of taxes, were incurred due to the previously announced closure of our Boulder Design Center.
(2During the three months ended January 4, 2020, there was $1.9 million in tax benefits related to US foreign tax credit regulations issued during the quarter, partially offset by $1.1 million of tax expense as a result of special tax items.  During the six months ended March 30, 2019, special tax expense of $7.0 million was recorded in accordance with new regulations issued in November 2018 under U.S. Tax Reform. These regulations impacted the treatment of foreign taxes paid.

 (in thousands)
ROIC and Economic Return CalculationsSix Months Ended Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 Apr 4, Jan 4, Mar 30,
 2020 2020 2019
Operating income, as reported 57,143   $39,934   $70,125 
Restructuring costs+6,003  +  + 
Adjusted operating income $63,146   $39,934   $70,125 
 x2  x4  x2 
Adjusted annualized operating income $126,292   $159,736   $140,250 
Adjusted effective tax ratex13% x13% x15%
Tax impact 16,418   20,766   21,038 
Adjusted operating income (tax effected) $109,874   $138,970   $119,212 
Average invested capital÷$964,894  ÷$942,793  ÷$898,929 
ROIC 11.4%  14.7%  13.3%
Weighted average cost of capital-8.8% -8.8% -9.0%
Economic return 2.6%  5.9%  4.3%

 Three Months Ended
Average Invested CapitalApr 4, Jan 4, Sept 28, Mar 30, Dec 29, Sept 29,
Calculations2020 2020  2019  2019  2018  2018 
Equity$892,558  $908,372  $865,576  $875,444  $905,163  $921,143 
Debt and finance leases - current 107,880  67,847  100,702  93,197  8,633  5,532 
Operating leases - current (1) (2) 8,546  9,185         
Debt and finance leases - long-term 186,327  186,827  187,278  187,120  187,567  183,085 
Operating leases - long-term (2)39,617  36,473         
Cash and cash equivalents(225,830) (252,914) (223,761) (184,028) (188,799) (297,269)
 $1,009,098  $955,790  $929,795  $971,733  $912,564  $812,491 

(1Included in Other accrued liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
(2In the fiscal first quarter of 2020, the Company adopted and applied Topic 842 to all leases using the modified retrospective method of adoption. The prior year comparative information has not been restated and continued to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for fiscal 2019 and 2018.


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