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Belden Reports Solid Results in First Quarter 2014

Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, today reported fiscal first quarter 2014 results for the period ended March 30, 2014.

First Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Achieved adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share of $0.80;
  • Expanded adjusted gross profit margins to 36.1%, increasing 160 basis points from 34.5% in the year-ago period;
  • Completed the purchase of Grass Valley for $220 million, a leader in innovative solutions within the Broadcast market; and
  • Raised full year guidance for fiscal 2014 adjusted revenues to $2.30 - $2.35 billion and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to $4.05 - $4.35.

First Quarter 2014

On a GAAP basis, revenues for the quarter totaled $487.7 million, down $19.8 million, or 3.9%, compared to $507.5 million in the first quarter 2013. Gross profit margin in the first quarter was 36.0%, increasing 300 basis points from 33.0% in the year-ago period. Operating profit margin in the first quarter was 10.2%, increasing from 8.7% in the year-ago period. Income from continuing operations per diluted share totaled $0.57, compared to $0.49 in the first quarter 2013, a year-over-year increase of 16.3%.

Adjusted revenues for the quarter totaled $488.3 million, down $22.1 million, or 4.3%, compared to $510.4 million in the first quarter 2013. Adjusted gross profit margin in the first quarter was 36.1%, increasing 160 basis points from 34.5% in the year-ago period. Adjusted operating profit margin in the first quarter was 13.1%, consistent with the year-ago period. Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share totaled $0.80, compared to $0.84 in the first quarter 2013. A non-GAAP reconciliation table is provided as an appendix to this release.

John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden Inc., said, “Despite a reduction in revenue, due to difficult prior year comparisons and unforeseen adjustments in channel inventory, I’m pleased with gross margin expansion of 160 basis points. I’m especially proud of the results of our Broadcast platform that benefitted from leverage on strong growth.”

Outlook

“We are pleased to have completed the acquisition of Grass Valley, and we have incorporated the expected financial benefits into our Q2 and full year outlook. The benefits of our Lean Enterprise initiative are also included in our updated guidance. Shorter lead times allow our channel partners to operate effectively with reduced inventory levels. Additionally, we’ve identified opportunities to improve our SG&A cost structure, and we intend to execute this plan quickly. This will have a favorable impact to our results in the second half of 2014, continuing through 2015,” said Mr. Stroup.

The Company expects second quarter 2014 adjusted revenues to be $585 – $605 million and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $0.95 – $1.05. For the full year ending December 31, 2014, the Company now expects adjusted revenues to be $2.30 – $2.35 billion and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $4.05 – $4.35. Previously, the Company expected full year adjusted revenues of $2.11 - $2.15 billion and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share of $3.81 - $4.11. These amounts now include the expected results of Grass Valley and benefits of the above mentioned SG&A cost actions.

On a GAAP basis, the Company expects second quarter 2014 revenues to be $579 – $599 million and income (loss) from continuing operations per diluted share to be $(0.03) – $0.07. For the full year ending December 31, 2014, the Company now expects revenues to be $2.28 – $2.33 billion and income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $2.11 – $2.41. Previously, the Company expected full year revenues of $2.10 - $2.14 billion and income from continuing operations per diluted share of $2.95 - $3.25. These amounts now include the expected results of Grass Valley and the related impacts of purchase accounting, such as increased amortization of intangibles, as well as the restructuring costs and benefits resulting from both the Grass Valley integration and SG&A cost actions mentioned above.

Earnings Conference Call

Management will host a conference call today at 10:30 am EDT to discuss results of the quarter and full-year. The listen-only audio of the conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet at http://investor.belden.com. The dial-in number for participants in the U.S. is 888-599-8685; the dial-in number for participants outside the U.S. is 913-312-0403. A replay of this conference call will remain accessible in the investor relations section of the Company’s Web site for a limited time.

 
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended
March 30, 2014 March 31, 2013
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Revenues $ 487,690 $ 507,473
Cost of sales   (311,973 )   (340,120 )
Gross profit 175,717 167,353
Selling, general and administrative expenses (94,848 ) (91,982 )
Research and development (20,571 ) (20,425 )
Amortization of intangibles (11,741 ) (12,977 )
Income from equity method investment   954     2,271  
Operating income 49,511 44,240
Interest expense (18,820 ) (15,905 )
Interest income   150     108  
Income from continuing operations before taxes 30,841 28,443
Income tax expense   (5,685 )   (6,198 )
Income from continuing operations 25,156 22,245
Loss from disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax   (562 )   -  
Net income $ 24,594   $ 22,245  
 
Weighted average number of common shares and equivalents:
Basic 43,514 44,420
Diluted 44,293 45,427
 
Basic income (loss) per share
Continuing operations $ 0.58 $ 0.50
Disposal of discontinued operations   (0.01 )   -  
Net income $ 0.57   $ 0.50  
 
Diluted income (loss) per share
Continuing operations $ 0.57 $ 0.49
Disposal of discontinued operations   (0.01 )   -  
Net income $ 0.56   $ 0.49  
 
Comprehensive income $ 13,281   $ 14,892  
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.05 $ 0.05
 
 
BELDEN INC.
OPERATING SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
   
Three months ended
March 30, 2014 March 31, 2013
Revenues: (In thousands)
Broadcast Solutions $ 165,868 $ 155,586
Enterprise Connectivity Solutions 108,394 116,627
Industrial Connectivity Solutions 159,318 176,721
Industrial IT Solutions   54,110     58,539  
Consolidated $ 487,690   $ 507,473  
 
Operating income (loss):
Broadcast Solutions $ 10,568 $ (146 )
Enterprise Connectivity Solutions 10,168 8,835
Industrial Connectivity Solutions 20,750 24,449
Industrial IT Solutions   8,147     9,517  
Total segments 49,633 42,655
Eliminations (1,076 ) (686 )
Income from equity method investment   954     2,271  
Consolidated $ 49,511   $ 44,240  
 
     
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
March 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 569,579 $ 613,304
Receivables, net 313,603 304,204
Inventories, net 220,098 207,980
Deferred income taxes 28,667 28,767
Other current assets   47,691     41,243  
 
Total current assets 1,179,638 1,195,498
 
Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation 300,785 300,835
Goodwill 766,678 773,048
Intangible assets, less accumulated amortization 361,448 376,976
Deferred income taxes 25,095 26,034
Other long-lived assets   80,637     79,362  
 
$ 2,714,281   $ 2,751,753  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 200,160 $ 199,897
Accrued liabilities 158,318 199,169
Current maturities of long-term debt   2,500     2,500  
 
Total current liabilities 360,978 401,566
 
Long-term debt 1,366,211 1,364,536
Postretirement benefits 103,274 105,924
Other long-term liabilities 33,816 43,186
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 503 503
Additional paid-in capital 585,298 585,753
Retained earnings 578,599 556,214
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (40,494 ) (29,181 )
Treasury stock   (273,904 )   (276,748 )
 
Total stockholders’ equity   850,002     836,541  
 
$ 2,714,281   $ 2,751,753  
 
   
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
March 30, 2014 March 31, 2013
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 24,594 $ 22,245
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used for operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 21,238 22,546
Share-based compensation 4,566 3,419
Pension funding less than pension expense 763 798
Loss on sale of businesses 562 -
Provision for inventory obsolescence 63 474
Income from equity method investment (954 ) (2,271 )
Deferred income tax benefit (2,248 ) -
Tax benefit related to share-based compensation (3,264 ) (4,227 )

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of the effects of currency exchange rate changes and acquired businesses:

Receivables (6,490 ) (9,785 )
Inventories (13,268 ) (2,723 )
Accounts payable 1,252 5,520
Accrued liabilities (40,748 ) (30,347 )
Accrued taxes (1,374 ) (69,987 )
Other assets (2,417 ) (5,606 )
Other liabilities   (2,690 )   (1,782 )
Net cash used for operating activities (20,415 ) (71,726 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (10,356 ) (6,437 )
Cash used to acquire businesses, net of cash acquired (4,700 ) (9,475 )
Proceeds (payments) from disposal of businesses (956 ) 3,735
Proceeds from disposal of tangible assets   12     1,077  
Net cash used for investing activities (16,000 ) (11,100 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net of withholding tax payments (5,441 ) 1,551
Cash dividends paid (2,172 ) (76 )
Debt issuance costs paid (1,702 ) (6,794 )
Borrowings under credit arrangements - 388,220
Payments under borrowing arrangements - (194,110 )
Payments under share repurchase program - (31,250 )
Tax benefit related to share-based compensation   3,264     4,227  
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities (6,051 ) 161,768
 
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (1,259 )   (4,631 )
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (43,725 ) 74,311
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   613,304     395,095  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 569,579   $ 469,406  
 
 
BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)
   
We define free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash provided by operating activities adjusted for capital expenditures net of the proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets and non-recurring tax payments related to divestitures and settlement of a tax sharing agreement. We believe free cash flow provides useful information to investors regarding our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for acquisitions and other investments, service of debt principal, dividends and share repurchases. We use free cash flow, as defined, as one financial measure to monitor and evaluate performance and liquidity. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered only in conjunction with financial measures reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Our definition of free cash flow may differ from definitions used by other companies.
 
 
 
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
March 30, 2014 March 31, 2013
(In thousands)
GAAP net cash used for operating activities $ (20,415 ) $ (71,726 )

Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets

(10,344 ) (5,360 )

Non-recurring tax payments made for gain on 2012 sale of Thermax and Raydex cable business

- 38,453

Non-recurring tax payments made in settlement of tax sharing agreement with Cooper Industries

  -     30,000  
Non-GAAP free cash flow $ (30,759 ) $ (8,633 )
 
 
BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)
   
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, we provide non-GAAP operating results adjusted for certain items, including: purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, such as the adjustment of acquired inventory to fair value; revenue and cost of sales deferrals for acquired product lines subject to software revenue recognition accounting requirements; severance and other costs related to productivity improvement programs; amortization of intangible assets; and other costs. We utilize the adjusted results to review our ongoing operations without the effect of these adjustments and for comparison to budgeted operating results. We believe the adjusted results are useful to investors because they help them compare our results to previous periods and provide important insights into underlying trends in the business and how management oversees our business operations on a day-to-day basis. Adjusted results should be considered only in conjunction with results reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
March 30, 2014 March 31, 2013
(In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)
 
GAAP revenues $ 487,690 $ 507,473
Deferred revenue adjustments   617     2,916  
Adjusted revenues $ 488,307   $ 510,389  
 
GAAP gross profit $ 175,717 $ 167,353
Deferred gross profit adjustments 450 2,127
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions - 6,550
Severance and other costs   (49 )   109  
Adjusted gross profit $ 176,118   $ 176,139  
Adjusted gross profit margin 36.1 % 34.5 %
 
GAAP operating income $ 49,511 $ 44,240
Amortization of intangible assets 11,741 12,977
Severance and other costs 2,295 788
Deferred gross profit adjustments 450 2,127
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions   -     6,550  
Total operating income adjustments   14,486     22,442  
Adjusted operating income $ 63,997   $ 66,682  
Adjusted operating income margin 13.1 % 13.1 %
 
GAAP income from continuing operations $ 25,156 $ 22,245
Operating income adjustments from above 14,486 22,442
Tax effect of adjustments   (4,220 )   (6,361 )
Adjusted income from continuing operations $ 35,422   $ 38,326  
 
GAAP income from continuing operations per diluted share $ 0.57 $ 0.49
Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share $ 0.80 $ 0.84
 
GAAP and Adjusted diluted weighted average shares 44,293 45,427
 
 
BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)
               
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, we provide non-GAAP operating results adjusted for certain items, including: purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, such as the adjustment of acquired inventory to fair value; revenue and cost of sales deferrals for acquired product lines subject to software revenue recognition accounting requirements; severance and other costs related to productivity improvement programs; amortization of intangible assets; and other costs. We utilize the adjusted results to review our ongoing operations without the effect of these adjustments and for comparison to budgeted operating results. We believe the adjusted results are useful to investors because they help them compare our results to previous periods and provide important insights into underlying trends in the business and how management oversees our business operations on a day-to-day basis. Adjusted results should be considered only in conjunction with results reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 30, 2014

Broadcast
Solutions

 

Enterprise
Connectivity
Solutions

 

Industrial
Connectivity
Solutions

 

Industrial IT
Solutions

 

Total Segments

  Eliminations  

Income from
equity method
investment

  Consolidated
(In thousands, except percentages)
GAAP revenues $ 165,868 $ 108,394 $ 159,318 $ 54,110 $ 487,690 $ - $ - $ 487,690
Deferred revenue adjustments   617       -       -       -       617       -       -     617  
Adjusted revenues $ 166,485     $ 108,394     $ 159,318     $ 54,110     $ 488,307     $ -     $ -   $ 488,307  
 
GAAP operating income $ 10,568 $ 10,168 $ 20,750 $ 8,147 $ 49,633 $ (1,076 ) $ 954 $ 49,511
Amortization of intangible assets 10,519 168 265 789 11,741 - - 11,741
Severance and other costs 1,753 139 283 120 2,295 - - 2,295
Deferred gross profit adjustments   450       -       -       -       450       -       -     450  
Total operating income adjustments   12,722       307       548       909       14,486       -       -     14,486  
Adjusted operating income $ 23,290     $ 10,475     $ 21,298     $ 9,056     $ 64,119     $ (1,076 )   $ 954   $ 63,997  

Adjusted operating income margin

14.0 % 9.7 % 13.4 % 16.7 % 13.1 % 13.1 %
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2013

Broadcast
Solutions

 

Enterprise
Connectivity
Solutions

 

Industrial
Connectivity
Solutions

 

Industrial IT
Solutions

  Total Segments   Eliminations  

Income from
equity method
investment

  Consolidated
(In thousands, except percentages)
GAAP revenues $ 155,586 $ 116,627 $ 176,721 $ 58,539 $ 507,473 $ - $ - $ 507,473
Deferred revenue adjustments   2,916       -       -       -       2,916       -       -     2,916  
Adjusted revenues $ 158,502     $ 116,627     $ 176,721     $ 58,539     $ 510,389     $ -     $ -   $ 510,389  
 
GAAP operating income (loss) $ (146 ) $ 8,835 $ 24,449 $ 9,517 $ 42,655 $ (686 ) $ 2,271 $ 44,240
Amortization of intangible assets 11,798 104 280 795 12,977 - - 12,977
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions 6,550 - - - 6,550 - - 6,550
Deferred gross profit adjustments 2,127 - - - 2,127 - - 2,127
Severance and other costs   788       -       -       -       788       -       -     788  
Total operating income adjustments   21,263       104       280       795       22,442       -       -     22,442  
Adjusted operating income $ 21,117     $ 8,939     $ 24,729     $ 10,312     $ 65,097     $ (686 )   $ 2,271   $ 66,682  
Adjusted operating income margin 13.3 % 7.7 % 14.0 % 17.6 % 12.8 % 13.1 %
 
 
BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
2014 REVENUE AND EARNINGS GUIDANCE
     
Year Ended Three Months Ended
December 31, 2014 June 29, 2014
Adjusted revenues $2.300 - $2.350 billion $585 - $605 million
Deferred revenue adjustments ($18 million) ($6 million)
GAAP revenues $2.282 - $2.332 billion $579 - $599 million
 
Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share $4.05 - $4.35 $0.95 - $1.05
Amortization of intangible assets ($0.86) ($0.24)
Productivity improvement programs ($0.71) ($0.53)
Purchase accounting effects of acquisitions ($0.15) ($0.14)
Deferred gross profit adjustments ($0.22) ($0.07)
GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations per diluted share $2.11 - $2.41 ($0.03) - $0.07
 
 
 
Our guidance for income from continuing operations per diluted share is based upon the extent of information currently available regarding events and conditions that will impact our future operating results for 2014. Our actual income from continuing operations per diluted share may be impacted by other additional events for which information is not available, such as asset impairments, purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, severance and other restructuring costs, gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of tangible assets, gains (losses) on debt extinguishment, and other gains (losses) related to events or conditions that are not yet known.
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adjusted results are non-GAAP measures that reflect certain adjustments the Company makes to provide insight into operating results. All GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations accompany the consolidated financial statements included in this release and have been published to the investor relations section of the Company’s Web site at http://investor.belden.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward looking statements including our expectations for the second quarter and full-year 2014. Forward looking statements also include any other statements regarding future revenues, costs and expenses, operating income, earnings per share, margins, cash flows, dividends, and capital expenditures. These forward looking statements are based on forecasts and projections about the markets and industries served by the Company and about general economic conditions. They reflect management’s current beliefs and expectations and are not guarantees of future performance. The Company’s actual results may differ materially from these expectations for a number of reasons including: changes in the global economy may impact the Company’s results; turbulence in financial markets may increase the Company’s borrowing costs; the Company relies on key distributors in marketing products; the Company’s ability to execute and realize the expected benefits from strategic initiatives (including revenue growth, cost control, and productivity improvement programs); changes in the level of economic activity in the Company’s major geographic markets; difficulties in realigning manufacturing capacity and capabilities among the Company’s global manufacturing facilities; the competitiveness of the global broadcast, enterprise, and industrial markets; variability in the Company’s quarterly and annual effective tax rates; changes in accounting rules and interpretation of these rules which may affect the Company’s reported earnings; changes in currency exchange rates and political and economic uncertainties in the countries where the Company conducts business; demand for the Company’s products; the cost and availability of materials including copper, plastic compounds derived from fossil fuels, electronic components, and other materials; energy costs; the Company’s ability to achieve acquisition performance expectations and to integrate acquired businesses successfully; the ability of the Company to develop and introduce new products; the Company having to recognize charges that would reduce income as a result of impairing goodwill and other intangible assets; security risks and the potential for business interruption from operating in volatile countries; disruptions or failures of the Company’s (or the Company’s suppliers or customers) systems or operations in the event of a major earthquake, weather event, cyber-attack, terrorist attack, or other catastrophic event that could cause delays in completing sales, providing services, or performing other mission-critical functions; and other factors. For a more complete discussion of risk factors, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the SEC on February 27, 2014. Belden disclaims any duty to update any forward looking statements as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Belden

St. Louis−based Belden Inc. delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com or follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc.

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SYS-CON Events announced today that Aria Systems, the recurring revenue expert, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Aria Systems helps leading businesses connect their customers with the products and services they love. Industry leaders like Pitney Bowes, Experian, AAA NCNU, VMware, HootSuite and many others choose Aria to power their recurring revenue business and deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce the value of the network in helping organizations to maximize their company’s cloud experience.
As a disruptive technology, Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC), which is an emerging standard of web communications, is redefining how brands and consumers communicate in real time. The on-going narrative around WebRTC has largely been around incorporating video, audio and chat functions to apps. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Alex Gouaillard, Founder and CTO of Temasys Communications, will look at a fourth element – data channels – and talk about its potential to move WebRTC beyond browsers and into the Internet of Things.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gigaom Research has been named "Media Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, will also lead a Power Panel on the topic "Choosing the Right Cloud Option." Gigaom Research provides timely, in-depth analysis of emerging technologies for individual and corporate subscribers. Gigaom Research's network of 200+ independent analysts provides new content daily that bridges the gap between break...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.