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Adjusted Earnings up 10% on Solid Operating Results in Third Quarter 2012

Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, today reported third quarter 2012 results for the period ended September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Achieved record adjusted gross profit margins of 33.1%, increasing 370 basis points from 29.4% in the year-ago period;
  • Improved adjusted operating profit margins to 12.1%, increasing 150 basis points from 10.6% in the year-ago period;
  • Generated $54 million of free cash flow, increasing cash and cash equivalents to $386 million;
  • Purchased 655,017 shares of Belden common stock for $25.0 million during the quarter, bringing the total program-to-date shares retired to 3.71 million under the previously announced share repurchase program; and
  • Updated guidance for full year 2012 adjusted revenue of $1.94 – $1.95 billion and increased the low end of the range of adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to $3.00 – $3.05.

Third Quarter Results
Revenue for the quarter totaled $490.4 million, up 1% compared to $484.0 million in the second quarter 2012. A loss from continuing operations of $1.14 per diluted share included recent debt refinancing costs of $0.76 per share, impairment charges of $0.57 per share primarily resulting from the pending consumer electronics asset sale, restructuring charges of $0.27 per share, purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions of $0.19 per share, and amortization of intangibles of $0.12 per share.

Adjusted revenue for the quarter totaled $493.2 million, up 2% compared to $484.0 million in the second quarter 2012. Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share for the quarter totaled $0.77, compared to $0.70 per diluted share in the third quarter 2011.

John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden Inc., commented, "I am proud of our third quarter results, including record adjusted gross profit margins and strong free cash flow generation. Our ability to perform well in this weakened macro-economic climate is the result of our stronger portfolio and unique business system that is proving effective in a variety of business environments. Additionally, we believe the strategic actions discussed on our second quarter earnings call put us in a better position to execute well for the remainder of the year.”

Outlook
For the full year 2012, the Company expects adjusted revenues to be $1.94 – $1.95 billion and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $3.00 – $3.05.

“Clearly, the weak demand environment presents challenges and the uncertainty affects our visibility. We believe this climate is likely to continue, therefore we’ll focus on driving improvements to the business through the implementation of our strategic plan. Despite these pressures, we remain committed to our full year EPS guidance. We expect our fourth quarter 2012 adjusted revenues to be $500 – $510 million and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $0.72 – $0.77,” said Mr. Stroup.

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 website at http://investor.belden.com.

Adjusted results exclude certain items, including asset impairments, purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, revenue and cost of sales deferrals, severance and other restructuring costs, gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of tangible assets, amortization of intangible assets, gains (losses) on debt extinguishment, and other costs.

Earnings Conference Call
Management will host a conference call today at 10:30 a.m. Eastern to discuss results of the quarter. 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 website for a limited time.

Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this release other than historical facts are "forward looking statements" made in reliance upon the safe harbor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements include any 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 beliefs and expectations. They are not guarantees of future performance and they involve risk and uncertainty. The Company's actual results may differ materially from these expectations. Changes in the global economy may impact the Company's results. Turbulence in financial markets may increase the Company's borrowing costs. Additional factors that may cause actual results to differ from the Company's expectations include: the Company's reliance 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 cable, connectivity and networking industries; 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, 2011, filed with the SEC on February 29, 2012. Belden disclaims any duty to update any forward looking statements as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

About Belden
St. Louis-based Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cable, connectivity, and networking products in markets including industrial automation, enterprise, transportation, infrastructure, and consumer electronics. It has approximately 7,400 employees, and provides value for industrial automation, enterprise, education, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast, sound and security, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics and other industries. Belden has manufacturing capabilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and a market presence in nearly every region of the world. Belden was founded in 1902, and today is a leader with some of the strongest brands in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit www.belden.com.

 
 
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)
               
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2012 October 2, 2011 September 30, 2012 October 2, 2011
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Revenues $ 490,367 $ 519,713 $ 1,438,700 $ 1,517,592
Cost of sales   (343,593 )   (366,962 )   (998,287 )   (1,077,772 )
Gross profit 146,774 152,751 440,413 439,820
Selling, general and administrative expenses (100,120 ) (85,355 ) (261,277 ) (244,671 )
Research and development (19,020 ) (13,641 ) (48,082 ) (41,800 )
Amortization of intangibles (7,798 ) (3,371 ) (13,603 ) (10,397 )
Income from equity method investment 2,553 1,479 7,254 9,196
Asset impairment   (29,998 )   -     (29,998 )   -  
Operating income (loss) (7,609 ) 51,863 94,707 152,148
Interest expense (13,892 ) (11,690 ) (38,315 ) (36,246 )
Interest income 171 211 733 526
Loss on debt extinguishment   (50,585 )   -     (50,585 )   -  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes (71,915 ) 40,384 6,540 116,428
Income tax benefit (expense)   20,781     (9,019 )   8,991     (28,164 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations (51,134 ) 31,365 15,531 88,264
Gain from disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax 9,783 - 9,783 -
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   2,574     (162 )   2,574     (446 )
Net income (loss) $ (38,777 ) $ 31,203   $ 27,888   $ 87,818  
 
Weighted average number of common
shares and equivalents:
Basic 44,787 47,344 45,410 47,317
Diluted 44,787 48,244 46,249 48,329
 
Basic income (loss) per share:
Continuing operations $ (1.14 ) $ 0.66 $ 0.34 $ 1.87
Disposal of discontinued operations 0.22 - 0.22 -
Discontinued operations   0.05     -     0.05     (0.01 )
Net income $ (0.87 ) $ 0.66   $ 0.61   $ 1.86  
 
Diluted income (loss) per share:
Continuing operations $ (1.14 ) $ 0.65 $ 0.34 $ 1.83
Disposal of discontinued operations 0.22 - 0.21 -
Discontinued operations   0.05     -     0.05     (0.01 )
Net income $ (0.87 ) $ 0.65   $ 0.60   $ 1.82  
 
Comprehensive income (loss) $ (24,687 ) $ 4,134   $ 24,366   $ 91,108  
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.05 $ 0.05 $ 0.15 $ 0.15
 
 
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 385,639 $ 382,716
Receivables, net 299,936 299,070
Inventories, net 208,478 202,143
Deferred income taxes 15,648 19,660
Income tax receivable 21,471 -
Other current assets 18,977 21,832
Current assets held for sale   52,829     -  
 
Total current assets 1,002,978 925,421
 
Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation 290,815 286,933
Goodwill 516,424 348,032
Intangible assets, less accumulated amortization 290,153 151,683
Deferred income taxes - 12,219
Other long-lived assets   75,229     63,832  
 
$ 2,175,599   $ 1,788,120  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 231,477 $ 227,571
Accrued liabilities 144,598 153,995
Current maturities of long-term debt 12,770 -
Current liabilities held for sale   20,664     -  
 
Total current liabilities 409,509 381,566
 
Long-term debt 959,762 550,926
Postretirement benefits 132,731 131,237
Deferred income taxes 118 -
Other long-term liabilities 24,598 29,842
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 503 503
Additional paid-in capital 595,640 601,484
Retained earnings 297,382 276,363
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (26,231 ) (22,709 )
Treasury stock   (218,413 )   (161,092 )
 
Total stockholders’ equity   648,881     694,549  
 
$ 2,175,599   $ 1,788,120  
 
 
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
       
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2012 October 2, 2011
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 27,888 $ 87,818
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Loss on debt extinguishment 50,585 -
Depreciation and amortization 40,541 37,676
Asset impairment 29,998 -
Share-based compensation 9,373 8,380
Provision for inventory obsolescence 3,341 1,285
Pension funding less than pension expense 730 2,782
Tax benefit related to share-based compensation (3,947 ) (1,802 )
Income from equity method investment (7,254 ) (9,196 )
Gain from disposal of discontinued operations (9,783 ) -
Deferred income tax benefit (11,284 ) (6,619 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of the effects of currency exchange
rate changes and acquired businesses:
Receivables (8,855 ) (42,184 )
Inventories 11,701 (16,953 )
Accounts payable (7,197 ) 15,141
Accrued liabilities 870 6,301
Accrued taxes (20,866 ) 24,469
Other assets (6,550 ) (87 )
Other liabilities   (5,956 )   (7,549 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 93,335 99,462
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Cash used to acquire businesses, net of cash acquired (341,942 ) (59,708 )
Capital expenditures (31,788 ) (21,760 )
Proceeds from disposal of tangible assets   1,236     1,206  
Net cash used for investing activities (372,494 ) (80,262 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings under credit arrangements 945,250 -
Payments under borrowing arrangements (575,784 ) -
Payments under share repurchase program (75,000 ) (25,000 )
Debt issuance costs paid (15,116 ) (3,296 )
Cash dividends paid (6,990 ) (7,090 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 2,372 4,554
Proceeds from settlement of derivatives 4,024 -
Tax benefit related to share-based compensation   3,947     1,802  
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities 282,703 (29,030 )
 
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (621 )   (633 )
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2,923 (10,463 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   382,716     358,653  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 385,639   $ 348,190  
 
 
BELDEN INC.
OPERATING SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
                           
Income from

 

Total Equity Method

Three Months Ended September 30, 2012

Americas EMEA Asia Pacific Segments Eliminations Investment Total
(In thousands)
External customer revenues $ 324,111 $ 83,327 $ 82,929 $ 490,367 $ - $ - $ 490,367
Affiliate revenues   9,114   32,590   798     42,502   (42,502 )   -   -  
Total revenues $ 333,225 $ 115,917 $ 83,727 $ 532,869 $ (42,502 ) $ - $ 490,367
 
Operating income (loss) $ 21,331 $ 5,224 $ (16,641 ) $ 9,914 $ (20,076 ) $ 2,553 $ (7,609 )
 
Three Months Ended October 2, 2011
External customer revenues $ 325,248 $ 103,713 $ 90,752 $ 519,713 $ - $ - $ 519,713
Affiliate revenues   9,919   30,795   159     40,873   (40,873 )   -   -  
Total revenues $ 335,167 $ 134,508 $ 90,911 $ 560,586 $ (40,873 ) $ - $ 519,713
 
Operating income $ 39,510 $ 21,452 $ 6,934 $ 67,896 $ (17,512 ) $ 1,479 $ 51,863
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012
 
External customer revenues $ 932,508 $ 270,857 $ 235,335 $ 1,438,700 $ - $ - $ 1,438,700
Affiliate revenues   29,136   90,038   2,804     121,978   (121,978 )   -   -  
Total revenues $ 961,644 $ 360,895 $ 238,139 $ 1,560,678 $ (121,978 ) $ - $ 1,438,700
 
Operating income (loss) $ 102,317 $ 43,728 $ (2,573 ) $ 143,472 $ (56,019 ) $ 7,254 $ 94,707
 
Nine Months Ended October 2, 2011
External customer revenues $ 927,978 $ 322,901 $ 266,713 $ 1,517,592 $ - $ - $ 1,517,592
Affiliate revenues   33,462   80,943   658     115,063   (115,063 )   -   -  
Total revenues $ 961,440 $ 403,844 $ 267,371 $ 1,632,655 $ (115,063 ) $ - $ 1,517,592
 
Operating income $ 110,738 $ 55,206 $ 22,339 $ 188,283 $ (45,331 ) $ 9,196 $ 152,148
 
 
BELDEN INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL PRODUCT GROUP INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
               

 

Three Months Ended September 30, 2012

Americas EMEA Asia Pacific Total
(In thousands)
Cable products $ 232,162 $ 34,666 $ 62,703 $ 329,531
Networking products 55,896 28,344 16,184 100,424
Connectivity products   36,053   20,317   4,042   60,412
Total revenues $ 324,111 $ 83,327 $ 82,929 $ 490,367

 

Three Months Ended October 2, 2011

Cable products $ 253,855 $ 39,547 $ 72,565 $ 365,967
Networking products 26,813 38,445 14,104 79,362
Connectivity products   44,580   25,721   4,083   74,384
Total revenues $ 325,248 $ 103,713 $ 90,752 $ 519,713

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

 
Cable products $ 705,370 $ 114,902 $ 183,939 $ 1,004,211
Networking products 109,507 87,598 40,414 237,519
Connectivity products   117,631   68,357   10,982   196,970
Total revenues $ 932,508 $ 270,857 $ 235,335 $ 1,438,700

 

Nine Months Ended October 2, 2011

Cable products $ 719,787 $ 129,386 $ 214,419 $ 1,063,592
Networking products 81,290 111,118 39,743 232,151
Connectivity products   126,901   82,397   12,551   221,849
Total revenues $ 927,978 $ 322,901 $ 266,713 $ 1,517,592
 
 
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 asset impairments, purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, revenue and cost of sales deferrals, severance and other restructuring costs, gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of tangible assets, amortization of intangible assets, gains (losses) on debt extinguishment, 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     Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2012     October 2, 2011 September 30, 2012     October 2, 2011
(In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)
 
GAAP revenues $ 490,367 $ 519,713 $ 1,438,700 $ 1,517,592
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions 1,710 - 1,710 -
Deferred revenue adjustments   1,080     -     1,080     -  
Adjusted revenues $ 493,157   $ 519,713   $ 1,441,490   $ 1,517,592  
 
GAAP operating income (loss) $ (7,609 ) $ 51,863 $ 94,707 $ 152,148
Asset impairment 29,998 - 29,998 -
Severance and other restructuring costs 17,427 - 17,427 -
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions 11,219 - 11,219 -
Amortization of intangible assets 7,798 3,371 13,603 10,397
Deferred gross profit adjustments   864     -     864     -  
Total operating income adjustments   67,306     3,371     73,111     10,397  
Adjusted operating income $ 59,697   $ 55,234   $ 167,818   $ 162,545  
Adjusted operating income as a percent of adjusted revenues 12.1 % 10.6 % 11.6 % 10.7 %
 
GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations $ (51,134 ) $ 31,365 $ 15,531 $ 88,264
Operating income adjustments from above 67,306 3,371 73,111 10,397
Loss on debt extinguishment 50,585 - 50,585 -
Tax effect of adjustments   (31,572 )   (1,091 )   (33,568 )   (3,369 )
Adjusted income from continuing operations $ 35,185   $ 33,645   $ 105,659   $ 95,292  
 
GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations per diluted share $ (1.14 ) $ 0.65 $ 0.34 $ 1.83
Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share $ 0.77 $ 0.70 $ 2.28 $ 1.97
 
GAAP diluted weighted average shares 44,787 48,244 46,249 48,329
Adjustment for anti-dilutive shares that are dilutive under adjusted measures   769     -     -     -  
Adjusted diluted weighted average shares 45,556 48,244 46,249 48,329
 
 
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 less capital expenditures, net of proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets. 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     Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2012     October 2, 2011 September 30, 2012     October 2, 2011
(In thousands)
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities $ 62,773 $ 68,312 $ 93,335 $ 99,462
Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets   (9,152 )   (6,893 )   (30,552 )   (20,554 )
Non-GAAP free cash flow $ 53,621   $ 61,419   $ 62,783   $ 78,908  

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