Sun Hydraulics Reports 2015 Third Quarter Results

SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwired - Nov 2, 2015) - Sun Hydraulics Corporation (NASDAQ: SNHY) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2015 as follows:

    September 26, 2015   September 27, 2014   Increase/
Three Months Ended              
Net sales   $ 48.0   $ 55.0   (13 )%
Net income   $ 8.4   $ 9.9   (15 )%
Net income per share:                  
  Basic   $ 0.32   $ 0.37   (14 )%
  Diluted   $ 0.32   $ 0.37   (14 )%
Nine Months Ended                  
Net sales   $ 156.4   $ 172.9   (10 )%
Net income   $ 28.0   $ 33.4   (16 )%
Net income per share:                  
  Basic   $ 1.05   $ 1.27   (17 )%
  Diluted   $ 1.05   $ 1.27   (17 )%

"Third quarter sales were weaker than expected," stated Allen Carlson, President and CEO. "Demand is down in all geographic markets, and the depreciation of global currencies relative to the U.S. dollar continue to influence performance. Third quarter sales in the Americas were down 14%. Asian demand decreased by 17%, driven primarily by the weakening of the South Korean economy. European sales were down 8%, with 5% related to currency. As expected, the strong U.S. Dollar continued to negatively impact sales in Q3 by an estimated $1.8M and reduced EPS by $0.07 over last year."

"It is my sense that we are near the bottom of this difficult economic cycle," commented Carlson. "Given where we believe we are in the business cycle, Sun's focus is on investments to drive future growth. Our efforts are concentrated on:

  • Operational execution - We are cross training in production areas, evaluating manufacturing processes for additional improvements and consistently seeking out opportunities to further our automation efforts. This down cycle affords us the opportunity to implement process improvements. 

  • Product Development - Sun is renowned for its broad scope of products which offer a variety of solutions to meet today's most demanding hydraulic challenges. We continue to release innovative products, specifically in the electro-hydraulic market. The introduction of the new Digital Logic Valves (DLV) has our customers exploring where they can apply this product to solve problems that go beyond traditional cartridge valve applications. The DLV's combination of small size and weight, efficient power consumption and high speed opens doors to markets in agriculture, alternative energy, emergency response, standby systems -- any application that demands low-power, portable, reliable fluid power control. The DLV is the kind of smart product innovation that creates powerful opportunities for both Sun and its customers.

  • Market Penetration - We are growing our worldwide marketing resources to reach more customers by adding field application engineers in all regions -- the Americas, Europe and Asia."

Concluding, Carlson remarked, "Market share gains are made in the beginning of the business cycle and to be prepared requires planning and investment at the bottom of the cycle. When the economy does recover, and it will, Sun will be positioned to respond to customer demand with the superior product and service performance that has become our hallmark."

Fourth quarter 2015 revenues are expected to be approximately $44 million, down 20% from the fourth quarter of 2014. Earnings per share are estimated to be $0.17 to $0.19 compared to $0.39 in the same period a year ago. This is a result of decreased demand, absorption of fixed costs and currency effects. Currency is responsible for $1.7M of the decline in revenues and approximately $0.06 of the decline in earnings per share in the Q4 estimates. While we expect today's softened demand to continue into 2016, we foresee business conditions strengthening during the year. With the expectation that the down cycle will be short lived, it is imperative that we focus on investments for future growth.

Sun Hydraulics Corporation will broadcast its 2015 third quarter financial results conference call live over the Internet at 9:00 A.M. E.T. tomorrow, November 3, 2015. To listen to the webcast, go to the Investor Relations section of

Webcast Q&A
If an individual wishes to ask questions directly during the webcast, the conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-329-8893 and using 3024787 as the access code. Questions also may be submitted to the Company via email by going to the Sun Hydraulics website,, and clicking on Investor Relations on the top menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on contact email:, which will open an email window to type in your message. Sun management will then answer these and other questions during the Company's webcast. A copy of this earnings release is posted on the Investor Relations page of our website under "Press Releases."

Sun Hydraulics Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds for worldwide industrial and mobile markets. For more information about Sun, please visit our website at

Certain oral statements made by management from time to time and certain statements contained herein that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and, because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, including those in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations, estimates or projections of the Company, its Directors or its Officers about the Company and the industry in which it operates, and assumptions made by management, and include among other items, (i) the Company's strategies regarding growth, including its intention to develop new products; (ii) the Company's financing plans; (iii) trends affecting the Company's financial condition or results of operations; (iv) the Company's ability to continue to control costs and to meet its liquidity and other financing needs; (v) the declaration and payment of dividends; and (vi) the Company's ability to respond to changes in customer demand domestically and internationally, including as a result of standardization. Although the Company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the anticipated results will occur.

Important factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other items, (i) the economic cyclicality of the capital goods industry in general and the hydraulic valve and manifold industry in particular, which directly affect customer orders, lead times and sales volume; (ii) conditions in the capital markets, including the interest rate environment and the availability of capital; (iii) changes in the competitive marketplace that could affect the Company's revenue and/or cost bases, such as increased competition, lack of qualified engineering, marketing, management or other personnel, and increased labor and raw materials costs; (iv) changes in technology or customer requirements, such as standardization of the cavity into which screw-in cartridge valves must fit, which could render the Company's products or technologies noncompetitive or obsolete; (v) new product introductions, product sales mix and the geographic mix of sales nationally and internationally; and (vi) changes relating to the Company's international sales, including changes in regulatory requirements or tariffs, trade or currency restrictions, fluctuations in exchange rates, and tax and collection issues. Further information relating to factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated is included but not limited to information under the heading "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 26, 2015, and under the heading "Business" and particularly under the subheading, "Business Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(in thousands except per share data)  
    Three months ended  
    September 26, 2015     September 27, 2014  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Net sales   $ 48,036     $ 55,011  
Cost of sales     29,536       32,720  
Gross profit     18,500       22,291  
Selling, engineering and administrative expenses     7,463       7,656  
Operating income     11,037       14,635  
Interest income, net     (361 )     (331 )
Foreign currency transaction gain, net     (140 )     (226 )
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net     (1,005 )     191  
Income before income taxes     12,543       15,001  
Income tax provision     4,133       5,124  
Net income   $ 8,410     $ 9,877  
Basic net income per common share   $ 0.32     $ 0.37  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding     26,695       26,455  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 0.32     $ 0.37  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding     26,695       26,455  
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.090     $ 1.090  
    Nine months ended  
    September 26, 2015     September 27, 2014  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Net sales   $ 156,438     $ 172,870  
Cost of sales     95,140       100,756  
Gross profit     61,298       72,114  
Selling, engineering and administrative expenses     22,077       22,375  
Operating income     39,221       49,739  
Interest income, net     (1,021 )     (926 )
Foreign currency transaction gain, net     (839 )     (256 )
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net     (793 )     548  
Income before income taxes     41,874       50,373  
Income tax provision     13,839       16,924  
Net income   $ 28,035     $ 33,449  
Basic net income per common share   $ 1.05     $ 1.27  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding     26,662       26,425  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 1.05     $ 1.27  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding     26,662       26,425  
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.360     $ 1.360  
(in thousands)  
    September 26, 2015     December 27, 2014  
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 76,615     $ 56,843  
  Restricted cash     298       319  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $158 and $172     16,874       17,501  
  Inventories     11,757       14,098  
  Deferred income taxes     452       467  
  Short-term investments     45,596       43,353  
  Other current assets     3,014       2,966  
  Total current assets     154,606       135,547  
Property, plant and equipment, net     75,187       77,716  
Goodwill     4,934       5,141  
Other assets     5,486       4,360  
  Total assets   $ 240,213     $ 222,764  
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 5,029     $ 4,873  
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities     5,287       7,908  
  Income taxes payable     116       559  
  Dividends payable     2,403       2,392  
  Total current liabilities     12,835       15,732  
Deferred income taxes     8,193       8,501  
Other noncurrent liabilities     252       272  
  Total liabilities     21,280       24,505  
Commitments and contingencies     --       --  
Shareholders' equity:                
  Preferred stock, 2,000,000 shares authorized, par value $0.001, no shares outstanding     --       --  
  Common stock, 50,000,000 shares authorized, par value $0.001, 26,701,871 and 26,572,774 shares outstanding     27       27  
  Capital in excess of par value     80,780       73,499  
  Retained earnings     147,246       128,818  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (9,120 )     (4,085 )
  Total shareholders' equity     218,933       198,259  
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 240,213     $ 222,764  
(in thousands)  
    Nine months ended  
    September 26, 2015     September 27, 2014  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net income   $ 28,035     $ 33,449  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     7,054       6,428  
(Gain)Loss on disposal of assets     (1,086 )     155  
Provision for deferred income taxes     100       53  
Allowance for doubtful accounts     (14 )     29  
Stock-based compensation expense     2,975       2,744  
(Increase) decrease in, net of assets acquired:                
  Accounts receivable     641       (2,850 )
  Inventories     2,341       204  
  Income taxes receivable     --       954  
  Other current assets     (48 )     (1,185 )
  Other assets     435       146  
Increase (decrease) in, net of liabilities assumed:                
  Accounts payable     156       1,289  
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities     914       2,949  
  Income taxes payable     (443 )     2,329  
  Other noncurrent liabilities     (20 )     3  
Net cash provided by operating activities     41,040       46,697  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Investment in licensed technology     (1,425 )     --  
Capital expenditures     (4,697 )     (6,953 )
Proceeds from dispositions of equipment     1,645       6  
Purchases of short-term investments     (20,666 )     (42,788 )
Proceeds from sale of short-term investments     17,459       25,396  
Net cash used in investing activities     (7,684 )     (24,339 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from stock issued     772       623  
Dividends to shareholders     (9,596 )     (9,509 )
Change in restricted cash     21       (3 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (8,803 )     (8,889 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (4,781 )     (2,286 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     19,772       11,183  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     56,843       54,912  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 76,615     $ 66,095  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:                
Cash paid:                
  Income taxes   $ 14,575     $ 13,818  
Supplemental disclosure of noncash transactions:                
Common stock issued for shared distribution through accrued expenses and other liabilities   $ 3,535     $ 3,226