Sun Hydraulics Reports Third Quarter Results In Line With Company Estimates

SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwired - Nov 4, 2013) -  Sun Hydraulics Corporation (NASDAQ: SNHY) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2013 as follows:

    September 28, 2013   September 29, 2012   Increase/
Three Months Ended                  
Net sales   $ 49.4   $ 48.8   1 %
Net income   $ 8.3   $ 8.8   (6 )%
Net income per share:                  
  Basic   $ 0.32   $ 0.34   (6 )%
  Diluted   $ 0.32   $ 0.34   (6 )%
Nine Months Ended                  
Net sales   $ 156.2   $ 161.1   (3 )%
Net income   $ 29.6   $ 30.7   (3 )%
Net income per share:                  
  Basic   $ 1.13   $ 1.19   (5 )%
  Diluted   $ 1.13   $ 1.18   (4 )%

"Third quarter sales were consistent with our forecast, with demonstrated strength in international markets," said Allen Carlson, Sun's President and CEO. "Asia/Pacific sales were up nearly 12% and Europe sales were up almost 5%. Earnings came in at the lower end of our forecast range due to higher than expected taxes of approximately $0.01 per share." 

"While North American sales were down for the quarter, longer-term indicators -- specifically U.S. and global PMI numbers -- are pointing to a more favorable macro environment," Carlson said. "The U.S. PMI index registered 56.4 for October, the fifth consecutive month that PMI has indicated expansion in the manufacturing sector. This should positively impact demand for Sun's products throughout the fourth quarter and into 2014."

"Our new factory in Sarasota is operational," Carlson continued. "We are now consolidating important functions, including manifold design and manufacturing, shipping, and the integrated package business. This will help us gain efficiencies that will allow us to better serve our customers, and provide the capacity necessary to meet demand through the next growth cycle." 

Concluding, Carlson said, "We expect the fourth quarter to be a great ending to another profitable and successful year. As signals indicate, the economy is improving and we expect to head into the new year with momentum. We are poised and ready to capitalize on early-cycle opportunities. As in past cycles, our efforts will remain on satisfying customer demand, growing market share, and delivering strong financial results."

Fourth quarter 2013 revenues are expected to be approximately $48 million, up approximately 11% from the fourth quarter of 2012. Earnings per share are estimated to be $0.31 to $0.33 compared to $0.26 in the same period a year ago. Kansas relocation costs of approximately $0.01 per share are included in the fourth quarter estimate.

For the year, revenues are expected to be approximately $204 million, similar to last year. Earnings per share are estimated to be $1.44 to $1.46 for 2013, compared to earnings per share of $1.43 in the prior year.

Sun Hydraulics Corporation will broadcast its 2013 third quarter financial results conference call live over the Internet at 9:00 A.M. E.T. tomorrow, November 5, 2013. 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 1-800-259-2693 and using 7777669 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 28, 2013, 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 29, 2012. 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 28, 2013     September 29, 2012  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Net sales   $ 49,369     $ 48,825  
Cost of sales     29,755       29,428  
Gross profit     19,614       19,397  
Selling, engineering and administrative expenses     6,540       6,202  
Operating income     13,074       13,195  
Interest (income) expense, net     (272 )     (406 )
Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss, net     82       2  
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net     470       6  
Income before income taxes     12,794       13,593  
Income tax provision     4,519       4,758  
Net income   $ 8,275     $ 8,835  
Basic net income per common share   $ 0.32     $ 0.34  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding     26,247       25,989  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 0.32     $ 0.34  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding     26,247       25,999  
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.090     $ 0.090  
(in thousands except per share data)  
    Nine months ended  
    September 28, 2013     September 29, 2012  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Net sales   $ 156,218     $ 161,131  
Cost of sales     92,699       96,546  
Gross profit     63,519       64,585  
Selling, engineering and administrative expenses     19,752       19,662  
Operating income     43,767       44,923  
Interest (income) expense, net     (709 )     (1,041 )
Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss, net     (68 )     (75 )
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net     80       (158 )
Income before income taxes     44,464       46,197  
Income tax provision     14,824       15,493  
Net income   $ 29,640     $ 30,704  
Basic net income per common share   $ 1.13     $ 1.19  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding     26,206       25,904  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 1.13     $ 1.18  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding     26,206       25,937  
Dividends declared per share   $ 0.360     $ 0.390  
(in thousands)
    September 28, 2013   December 29, 2012
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 46,490   $ 34,478
  Restricted cash     328     329
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $132 and $124     18,273     13,754
  Inventories     12,778     12,559
  Income taxes receivable     --     728
  Deferred income taxes     440     248
  Short-term investments     40,644     37,700
  Other current assets     3,174     2,649
  Total current assets     122,127     102,445
Property, plant and equipment, net     74,105     64,672
Goodwill     5,188     4,472
Other assets     3,602     3,532
  Total assets   $ 205,022   $ 175,121
Liabilities and shareholders' equity            
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts payable   $ 5,721   $ 4,606
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities     6,067     7,641
  Income taxes payable     679     --
  Dividends payable     2,363     --
  Total current liabilities     14,830     12,247
Deferred income taxes     7,399     7,230
Other noncurrent liabilities     392     371
  Total liabilities     22,621     19,848
Commitments and contingencies     --     --
Shareholders' equity:            
  Preferred stock, 2,000,000 shares authorized, par value $0.001, no shares outstanding     --     --
  Common stock, 40,000,000 shares authorized, par value $0.001, 26,250,999 and 26,094,580 shares outstanding     26     26
  Capital in excess of par value     63,956     57,402
  Retained earnings     117,447     97,242
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     972     603
  Total shareholders' equity     182,401     155,273
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 205,022   $ 175,121
(in thousands)  
    Nine months ended  
    September 28, 2013     September 29, 2012  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net income   $ 29,640     $ 30,704  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     5,393       5,353  
(Gain)Loss on disposal of assets     324       84  
Gain on investment in business     (528 )     --  
Provision for deferred income taxes     (23 )     4  
Allowance for doubtful accounts     8       44  
Stock-based compensation expense     2,124       1,639  
(Increase) decrease in, net of assets acquired:                
  Accounts receivable     (4,514 )     (2,119 )
  Inventories     (151 )     (147 )
  Income taxes receivable     728       120  
  Other current assets     (525 )     (104 )
  Other assets     284       (92 )
Increase (decrease) in, net of liabilities assumed:                
  Accounts payable     1,115       65  
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities     2,206       3,722  
  Income taxes payable     679       1,047  
  Other noncurrent liabilities     21       (219 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     36,781       40,101  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Investment in business, net of cash acquired     (923 )     --  
Capital expenditures     (14,569 )     (6,703 )
Proceeds from dispositions of equipment     70       56  
Purchases of short-term investments     (22,945 )     (25,774 )
Proceeds from sale of short-term investments     19,327       6,821  
Net cash used in investing activities     (19,040 )     (25,600 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from stock issued     651       506  
Dividends to shareholders     (7,072 )     (10,107 )
Change in restricted cash     1       3  
Net cash used in financing activities     (6,420 )     (9,598 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     691       759  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     12,012       5,662  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     34,478       45,080  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 46,490     $ 50,742  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:                
Cash paid:                
  Income taxes   $ 13,440     $ 14,323  
Supplemental disclosure of noncash transactions:                
Common stock issued for shared distribution through accrued expenses and other liabilities   $ 3,486     $ 4,407  
Common stock issued for deferred director's compensation through other noncurrent liabilities   $ 294     $ 930