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Bel Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results


JERSEY CITY, N.J., Oct. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bel Fuse Inc. (Nasdaq: BELFA and BELFB), a designer, manufacturer and provider of products that power, protect and connect electronic circuits, today announced preliminary financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

Net sales increased 18.1% to $147.0 million from $124.5 million in last year’s third quarter
Gross profit margin of 24.5% compared to 26.8% in Q3-20
GAAP net earnings of $5.7 million, or EPS of $0.44 per Class A share and $0.47 per Class B share, versus GAAP net earnings of $7.5 million in Q3-20, or EPS of $0.57 per Class A share and $0.61 per Class B share
All-time record backlog of $390 million at September 30, 2021 represents growth of over 100% from December 31, 2020; record quarterly bookings of $223 million, approximately 3x the order volume compared to Q3-20

Daniel Bernstein, President and CEO, said, “Our increased backlog has continued to translate into sales as evidenced by three consecutive quarters of year-over-year sales growth.  The sales growth in the third quarter was primarily driven by our Power Solutions and Magnetics segments across various end markets and product families, reinforcing our confidence in Bel’s strategic diversification strategy. Our recent acquisitions of CUI, EOS and rms Connectors have continued to contribute substantially to our long-term growth.  CUI achieved year-over-year growth of 58% and Bel’s original product line, fuses, had a record quarter with sales growth up over 50% from the third quarter of 2020.  Strong end markets this quarter included electric vehicles, commercial air, and industrial. With almost $750 million in orders received in the last 12 months, we remain impacted by material shortages and the worldwide logistics situation which we estimate impacted our net sales by approximately $10 million this quarter.  Margins continue to see pressure given the global increase in labor and materials costs; however, we continue to focus on internal initiatives to improve our margins.

“As we head into the fourth quarter planning and take a reflective look on 2021 thus far, we remain strategically focused on assessing all parts of the organization to drive long-term value for our stakeholders.   This includes a refresh of our growth and operating strategic plans, investing in our communities while minimizing our impact on the environment and continuing to promote disciplined capital allocation.  As a 70+ year organization that thrives on learning and continuous improvement, Bel welcomes and embraces this journey,” concluded Mr. Bernstein. 

Non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release including those identified in the supplementary information included herewith, such as Non-GAAP net earnings, Non-GAAP EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, exclude the impact of acquisition-related costs, restructuring charges, gain on sale of property and deferred financing costs. Please refer to the financial information included with this press release for reconciliations of GAAP financial measures to Non-GAAP financial measures and our explanation of why we present Non-GAAP financial measures.

Conference Call
Bel has scheduled a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET today.  To participate in the conference call, investors should dial 866-248-8441, or 323-289-6576 if dialing internationally. The presentation will additionally be broadcast live over the Internet and will be available at https://ir.belfuse.com/events-and-presentations. The webcast will be available via replay for a period of 20 days at this same Internet address.  For those unable to access the live call, a telephone replay will be available at 844-512-2921, or 412-317-6671 if dialing internationally, using access code 1310155 after 2:00 p.m. ET, also for 20 days.

About Bel

Bel (www.belfuse.com) designs, manufactures and markets a broad array of products that power, protect and connect electronic circuits.  These products are primarily used in the networking, telecommunications, computing, military, aerospace, medical, transportation and broadcasting industries.  Bel’s product groups include Magnetic Solutions (integrated connector modules, power transformers, power inductors and discrete components), Power Solutions and Protection (front-end, board-mount and industrial power products, module products and circuit protection), and Connectivity Solutions (expanded beam fiber optic, copper-based, RF and RJ connectors and cable assemblies).  The Company operates facilities around the world.

Forward-Looking Statements
Non-historical information contained in this press release (including our statements regarding expectations concerning backlog and sales, our diversification strategy, expectations concerning our long-term growth and the impact of acquisitions, the anticipated impacts on our business and the estimated effects on our operating results of the ongoing material shortages and worldwide logistics situation, internal initiatives to improve margins, our expectations, plans and intentions for fourth quarter and beyond, and with respect to our strategic focuses, strategic plans, community investment, environmental impact, and capital allocation) are forward-looking statements (as described under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from Bel’s projections. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements are: the market concerns facing our customers; the continuing viability of sectors that rely on our products; the impact of public health crises (such as the governmental, social and economic effects of COVID-19); the effects of business and economic conditions; difficulties associated with integrating previously acquired companies; capacity and supply constraints or difficulties; product development, commercialization or technological difficulties; the regulatory and trade environment; risks associated with fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; uncertainties associated with legal proceedings; the market’s acceptance of the Company’s new products and competitive responses to those new products; the impact of changes to U.S. trade and tariff policies; and the risk factors detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, and from time to time in the Company’s other SEC reports. In light of the risks and uncertainties impacting our business, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will in fact prove to be correct. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Non-GAAP measures identified in this press release as well as in the supplementary information to this press release (Non-GAAP net earnings, Non-GAAP EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA) are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”).  These measures should not be considered a substitute for, and the reader should also consider, income from operations, net earnings, earnings per share and other measures of performance as defined by GAAP as indicators of our performance or profitability. Our Non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to other similarly-titled captions of other companies due to differences in the method of calculation.  We present results adjusted to exclude the effects of certain unusual or special items and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under U.S. GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods.  We may use Non-GAAP financial measures to determine performance-based compensation and management believes that this information may be useful to investors.

Website Information
We routinely post important information for investors on our website, www.belfuse.com, in the “Investor Relations” section. We use our website as a means of disclosing material, otherwise non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor the Investor Relations section of our website, in addition to following our press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, presentations and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this document.

[Financial tables follow]

Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2021     2020     2021     2020  
                                 
Net sales   $ 146,966     $ 124,492     $ 396,351     $ 349,642  
Cost of sales(2)     110,992       91,183       301,234       259,286  
Gross profit     35,974       33,309       95,117       90,356  
As a % of net sales     24.5 %     26.8 %     24.0 %     25.8 %
                                 
Research and development costs     5,918       5,713       16,301       17,889  
Selling, general and administrative expenses(2)     21,188       19,368       64,757       59,140  
As a % of net sales     14.4 %     15.6 %     16.3 %     16.9 %
Restructuring charges     398       111       675       283  
Gain on sale of property     (403 )           (6,578 )      
                                 
Income from operations     8,873       8,117       19,962       13,044  
As a % of net sales     6.0 %     6.5 %     5.0 %     3.7 %
                                 
Interest expense     (1,491 )     (1,242 )     (3,014 )     (3,843 )
Other income/expense, net(2)     (201 )     (483 )     458       (1,390 )
Earnings before income taxes     7,181       6,392       17,406       7,811  
                                 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     1,447       (1,083 )     593       (1,433 )
Effective tax rate     20.2 %     -16.9 %     3.4 %     -18.3 %
Net earnings   $ 5,734     $ 7,475     $ 16,813     $ 9,244  
As a % of net sales     3.9 %     6.0 %     4.2 %     2.6 %
                                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:                                
Class A common shares – basic and diluted     2,145       2,145       2,145       2,145  
Class B common shares – basic and diluted     10,269       10,223       10,237       10,176  
                                 
Net earnings per common share:                                
Class A common shares – basic and diluted   $ 0.44     $ 0.57     $ 1.29     $ 0.70  
Class B common shares – basic and diluted   $ 0.47     $ 0.61     $ 1.37     $ 0.76  
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  
(2) During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company changed its financial statement presentation related to gain/loss on its SERP investments.  These gains/losses were previously included within cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expense.  For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 presented above, a total of $0.7 million in gains and $0.2 million in gains, respectively, on SERP investments have been reclassified from cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expense and are now included within other income/expense, net.    
Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)
    September 30,
2021
    December 31,
2020
 
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 61,961     $ 84,939  
Accounts receivable, net     86,031       71,372  
Inventories     128,179       100,133  
Other current assets     39,374       23,772  
Total current assets     315,545       280,216  
Property, plant and equipment, net     35,553       34,501  
Right-of-use assets     11,314       14,217  
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net     88,544       89,755  
Other assets     36,627       35,177  
Total assets   $ 487,583     $ 453,866  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 57,610     $ 39,774  
Current portion of long-term debt           5,286  
Operating lease liability, current     5,623       6,591  
Other current liabilities     43,003       35,885  
Total current liabilities     106,236       87,536  
Long-term debt     112,500       110,294  
Operating lease liability, long-term     5,944       8,064  
Other liabilities     62,701       62,173  
Total liabilities     287,381       268,067  
Stockholders’ equity     200,202       185,799  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 487,583     $ 453,866  
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  
Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA(2)
(in thousands, unaudited)
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2021     2020     2021     2020  
                                 
GAAP net earnings   $ 5,734     $ 7,475     $ 16,813     $ 9,244  
Interest expense     1,491       1,242       3,014       3,843  
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     1,447       (1,083 )     593       (1,433 )
Depreciation and amortization     4,036       4,089       12,514       12,322  
EBITDA   $ 12,708     $ 11,723     $ 32,934     $ 23,976  
% of net sales     8.6 %     9.4 %     8.3 %     6.9 %
                                 
Unusual or special items:                                
Gain on sale of property     (403 )           (6,578 )      
Restructuring charges     398       111       675       283  
Acquisition-related costs                 483       186  
                                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 12,703     $ 11,834     $ 27,514     $ 24,445  
% of net sales     8.6 %     9.5 %     6.9 %     7.0 %
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  
(2) In this press release and supplemental information, we have included Non-GAAP financial measures, including Non-GAAP net earnings, Non-GAAP EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. We present results adjusted to exclude the effects of certain specified items and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods. We may use Non-GAAP financial measures to determine performance-based compensation and management believes that this information may be useful to investors.  
Bel Fuse Inc.
Supplementary Information(1)
Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures(2)
(in thousands (except per share amounts), unaudited)
The following tables detail the impact that certain unusual or special items had on the Company’s net earnings per common Class A and Class B basic and diluted shares (“EPS”) and the line items in which these items were included in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.
    Three Months Ended September 30, 2021     Three Months Ended September 30, 2020  
Reconciling Items   Earnings before taxes     Provision for income taxes     Net earnings     Class A EPS(3)     Class B EPS(3)     Earnings before taxes     Benefit from income taxes     Net earnings     Class A EPS(3)     Class B EPS(3)  
                                                                                 
GAAP measures   $ 7,181     $ 1,447     $ 5,734     $ 0.44     $ 0.47     $ 6,392     $ (1,083 )   $ 7,475     $ 0.57     $ 0.61  
Gain on sale of property     (403 )           (403 )     (0.03 )     (0.03 )                              
Restructuring charges     398       79       319       0.02       0.03       111       21       90       0.01       0.01  
Write-off of deferred financing costs     820       189       631       0.05       0.05                                
Non-GAAP measures   $ 7,996     $ 1,715     $ 6,281     $ 0.48     $ 0.51     $ 6,503     $ (1,062 )   $ 7,565     $ 0.58     $ 0.62  
    Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021     Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020  
Reconciling Items   Earnings before taxes     Provision for
income taxes
    Net earnings     Class A EPS(3)     Class B EPS(3)     Earnings before taxes     Benefit from income taxes     Net earnings     Class A EPS(3)     Class B EPS(3)  
                                                                                 
GAAP measures   $ 17,406     $ 593     $ 16,813     $ 1.29     $ 1.37     $ 7,811     $ (1,433 )   $ 9,244     $ 0.70     $ 0.76  
Items included in SG&A expenses:                                                                                
Acquisition-related costs     483       111       372       0.03       0.03       186       43       143       0.01       0.01  
Gain on sale of property     (6,578 )           (6,578 )     (0.51 )     (0.54 )                              
Restructuring charges     675       119       556       0.04       0.05       283       62       221       0.02       0.02  
Write-off of deferred financing costs     820       189       631       0.05       0.05                                
Non-GAAP measures   $ 12,806     $ 1,012     $ 11,794     $ 0.90     $ 0.96     $ 8,280     $ (1,328 )   $ 9,608     $ 0.73     $ 0.79  
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(2) In this press release and supplemental information, we have included Non-GAAP financial measures, including Non-GAAP net earnings, Non-GAAP EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. We present results adjusted to exclude the effects of certain specified items and their related tax impact that would otherwise be included under GAAP, to aid in comparisons with other periods. We may use Non-GAAP financial measures to determine performance-based compensation and management believes that this information may be useful to investors.
(3) Individual amounts of earnings per share may not agree to the total due to rounding.
Investor Contact:
Bel Investor Relations
ir@belf.com
  Company Contact:
Lynn Hutkin  
Director of Financial Reporting 
lynn.hutkin@belf.com

Bel Fuse Inc



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