Amphenol Corp. (APH) reported fourth quarter 2013 record diluted earnings per share, excluding one-time items, of $1.05 compared to $.94 for the comparable 2012 period. On an as reported basis, diluted earnings per share were $1.04 and $0.86 for the fourth quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively. Such per share amount for the 2013 period includes a charge for acquisition-related transaction costs of $3.4 million ($2.4 million after tax), or $.01 per share relating to 2013 acquisitions.
Such per share amount for the 2012 period included one-time charges of $.08 per share comprised of acquisition-related transaction costs of $2 million ($2 million after tax) or $.01 per share relating to 2012 acquisitions; and income tax costs of $11 million or $.07 per share resulting from the delay by the U. S. government in the reinstatement of certain federal income tax provisions for the year 2012 relating primarily to research and development credits and certain U.S. taxes on foreign income.
Sales for the fourth quarter 2013 were a record $1.246 billion compared to $1.146 billion for the 2012 period. Currency translation had the effect of increasing sales by approximately $7.5 million in the fourth quarter 2013 compared to the 2012 period.
For the full year ended December 31, 2013, diluted earnings per share excluding one-time items was $3.85 compared to $3.47 for the 2012 period. On an as reported basis, 2013 diluted earnings per share of $3.92 included the following one-time items: (1) an income tax benefit of $11 million, or $.07 per share related to the January 2, 2013 reinstatement of certain federal income tax provisions described above with retroactive effect to 2012 - under U.S. GAAP, the related benefit to the Company of $11 million, or $.07 per share, relating to the 2012 tax year was recorded as a one-time benefit in the first quarter of 2013 at the date of reinstatement; (2) an income tax benefit of $3.6 million, or $.02 per share, relating to a reduction in tax expense due primarily to the completion of prior year audits and (3) a $6.0 million ($4.6 million after tax), or $.02 per share charge for acquisition-related transaction costs. As reported diluted earnings per share for the year 2012 was $3.39 and included one-time charges of $.08 per share described above.
Sales for the full year ended December 31, 2013 were $4.615 billion compared to $4.292 billion for the 2012 period. Currency translation had the effect of increasing sales by approximately $15.4 million for the full year 2013 compared to the 2012 period.
The Company completed four acquisitions during the fourth quarter of 2013 for a total purchase price of $455 million. These include the previously announced acquisitions of the Advanced Sensors Business of General Electric (GE), a global manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based instruments primarily for the industrial and automotive markets with annual sales of approximately $225 million, and Ionix Aerospace Ltd, a UK-based high technology cable assembly company focused primarily on the commercial aerospace market with annual sales of approximately $35 million.
In addition, the Company completed the acquisition of Tecvox LLC, a US-based provider of value-added components and assemblies to the automotive infotainment connectivity market with annual sales of approximately $45 million, and the acquisition of Hangzhou Jet Interconnect Technology Co., a China-based manufacturer and supplier to Amphenol, specializing in high precision and fine pitch mechanical components and tooling.
Amphenol President and Chief Executive Officer, R. Adam Norwitt, stated “We are pleased to report record fourth quarter sales of $1.246 billion and EPS, excluding one-time items, of $1.05, up 9% and 12%, respectively, over the comparable 2012 quarter. The sales growth over last year was driven both organically and through acquisitions in the commercial aerospace, automotive, industrial and information technology and data communications markets. For the full year 2013, sales were up 8% over last year with contributions from most of our served markets. Our strong growth is further confirmation of the significant benefits of the Company’s technology leadership and diversification.
In addition, it is extremely rewarding that the Company’s unique entrepreneurial culture continues to drive an unwavering focus on profitability, resulting in an operating margin improvement of 20 basis points over the prior year quarter to 19.7%, before one-time items, driving strong 12% EPS growth and record EPS, before one-time items, of $1.05 in the quarter. This performance is a direct result of our management team’s ability to react quickly in a dynamic environment, especially given the continuing high levels of uncertainty in most of the world’s economies. I am very proud of our organization as we continue to execute well.”
“Our ongoing strategy of market and geographic diversification combined with our strong commitment to developing enabling technologies for our customers in all markets, both through organic product development and through our acquisition program, continues to expand the Company’s growth opportunities. Consistent with that strategy, the Company completed five acquisitions in 2013, including four in the fourth quarter. These 2013 acquisitions strengthen and broaden our technology offering in the industrial, automotive and commercial aerospace markets.
In particular, our entrance into the highly-engineered sensor and sensor-based instrument market through the acquisition of Advanced Sensors represents a unique complement to our core interconnect offering, creating significant expansion opportunities with the potential to deliver additional value-added solutions to our customers across a wide variety of end markets. In addition, the acquisition of Tecvox will accelerate Amphenol’s participation in the significant growth opportunity of automotive infotainment. As a complement to our successful acquisition program, the Company continues to deploy its financial strength in a variety of ways to increase shareholder value, including, in this quarter, the purchase of 329,000 shares of the Company’s stock pursuant to our stock repurchase plan.”
“The overall global economic environment remains uncertain. Considering such an environment and assuming current currency exchange rates, we expect first quarter 2014 revenues in the range of $1.180 billion to $1.210 billion and diluted EPS in the range of $.93 to $.96 (excluding one-time items). For the year 2014, we expect to achieve revenues and diluted EPS in the range of $5.0 billion to $5.12 billion and $4.15 to $4.27 (excluding one-time items), respectively, an increase of 8% to 11% over 2013 revenues and 8% to 11% over 2013 diluted EPS (excluding one-time items). Despite the many continuing uncertainties in the global economy, we believe we can perform well in the dynamic electronics marketplace due to our leading technology, increasing positions with our customers in diverse markets, worldwide presence, lean cost structure, and agile, experienced and entrepreneurial management team.”
“The electronics revolution continues to accelerate, with new applications and higher performance requirements driving increased demand for our leading interconnect and sensor technologies across all of our end markets. This creates a significant, long-term growth opportunity for Amphenol. Importantly, our ongoing actions to enhance our competitive advantages and build sustained financial strength have created a solid base for future performance. I am confident in the ability of our outstanding management team to dynamically adjust to the constantly changing market environment, to continue to generate strong profitability and to further capitalize on the many opportunities to expand our market position.”
Amphenol Corporation is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems, antennas, sensors and sensor-based products and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable. Amphenol designs, manufactures and assembles its products at facilities in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa and sells its products through its own global sales force, independent representatives and a global network of electronics distributors. Amphenol has a diversified presence as a leader in high growth areas of the interconnect market including: Automotive, Broadband Communications, Commercial Aerospace, Industrial, Information Technology and Data Communications, Military, Mobile Devices and Mobile Networks.