SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Oct. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq: KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its preliminary results for the three months ended September 30, 2023.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2024, Keytronic expects to report revenue of approximately $147.7 million, in line with revenue expectations, and earnings of approximately $0.02 per share, which are below expectations.
The lower than expected earnings are primarily a result of unanticipated severance costs of $0.6 million, or approximately $0.04 to $0.05 per diluted share, as the Company reduced its workforce by over 100 employees in Mexico and in the US. The workforce reduction reflects softening demand for a number of different programs and is expected to save more than $5 million annually. While we expect increased demand for many of these Mexico-based customers towards the second half of fiscal year 2024, we now anticipate production for the previously announced program with a leading power equipment company to resume materially in fiscal 2025 rather than 2024, with a redesigned product.
Keytronic also continues to be adversely impacted by the strength of the Mexican Peso and high interest expense, though we are seeing some gradual improvement with gross margins. At the same time, we continue to win significant new programs and reduce inventories to be more in line with current revenue levels.
For the second quarter of fiscal 2024, the Company expects to report revenue in the range of $135 million to $145 million and earnings in the range of $0.05 to $0.10 per diluted share.
The revenue and earnings estimates for the first and second quarters of fiscal 2024, and the finalization of financial results for the first quarter of 2024, are subject to completion of the Company’s quarterly close and review procedures which are still ongoing. The Company plans to report its complete results and host its earnings conference call for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 on October 31, 2023. Details for the conference call have been announced in a separate press release.
Keytronic is a leading contract manufacturer offering value-added design and manufacturing services from its facilities in the United States, Mexico, China and Vietnam. The Company provides its customers full engineering services, materials management, worldwide manufacturing facilities, assembly services, in-house testing, and worldwide distribution. Its customers include some of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers. For more information about Keytronic visit: www.keytronic.com.
Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to those including such words as aims, anticipates, believes, continues, estimates, expects, hopes, intends, plans, predicts, projects, targets, or will, similar verbs, or nouns corresponding to such verbs, which may be forward looking. Forward-looking statements also include other passages that are relevant to expected future events, performances, and actions or that can only be fully evaluated by events that will occur in the future. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, the Company’s statements regarding its expectations with respect to financial conditions and results, including revenue and earnings, demand for certain products and the effectiveness of some of our programs, business from customers and programs, and impacts from operational streamlining. There are many factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted or projected in forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the future of the global economic environment and its impact on our customers and suppliers; the availability of components from the supply chain; the availability of a healthy workforce; the accuracy of suppliers’ and customers’ forecasts; development and success of customers’ programs and products; timing and effectiveness of ramping of new programs; success of new-product introductions; the risk of legal proceedings or governmental investigations relating to the subject of the internal investigation by the Company’s Audit Committee and related or other unrelated matters; acquisitions or divestitures of operations or facilities; technology advances; changes in pricing policies by the Company, its competitors, customers or suppliers; impact of new governmental legislation and regulation, including tax reform, tariffs and related activities, such trade negotiations and other risks; and other factors, risks, and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings
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|Chief Financial Officer||Investor Relations|
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