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Ingram Micro Reports Fourth Quarter Financial Results
"We had a solid close to a strong year of execution, and we are pleased with the progress we are making against our strategic initiatives," said Alain Monié, Ingram Micro CEO. "We are excited about our pending transaction to join HNA Group, as we will have the opportunity to even better serve our vendor and customer partners and help them achieve their business objectives. Upon the closing of the transaction announced last week, we expect to have the ability to accelerate our investments, both organically and through M&A, to enhance and add to our capabilities in high value IT solutions, mobility lifecycle services, commerce and fulfillment solutions and cloud, while also continuing to extend our geographic reach."
Fourth Quarter Results of Operations
Worldwide fourth quarter sales were $11.3 billion, down 19 percent in U.S. dollars and down 13 percent on a currency neutral basis, when compared to worldwide sales of $14 billion in the 2014 fourth quarter. As highlighted on the company's 2015 third quarter earnings call, last year's fiscal fourth quarter benefited from approximately $900 million related to an additional week of sales and also benefited from approximately $500 million in North American mobility distribution business that the company elected to exit this year due to profitability levels that did not meet the company's objectives. The company also negotiated a favorable change in contract terms for some of its high volume European fulfillment business, which led to recognizing the revenue on a net basis versus a gross basis as it did last year, which had a negative impact of approximately $300 million on 2015 fourth quarter worldwide sales.
Cash flow from operations for the 2015 fourth quarter was $500 million, bringing total cash flow from operations for the 2015 full year to $1.5 billion. Cash flow benefited from the reduction in revenues and strong global execution on the company's working capital improvement program, which helped reduce working capital days at the end of the 2015 fourth quarter to 21, a 4 day improvement from the 2015 third quarter and year-over-year.
2015 fourth quarter non-GAAP operating margin was 2.11 percent, up from 1.77 percent last year. 2015 fourth quarter non-GAAP operating income of $239 million was down only modestly when compared to non-GAAP operating income of $247 million in the year earlier period, despite significant foreign currency headwinds and one less week of sales as noted above. GAAP operating income for the 2015 fourth quarter was $196 million, or 1.73 percent of sales, compared to $201 million, or 1.44 percent of sales, in the 2014 fourth quarter.
2015 fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings were $1.01 per diluted share, up 3 percent when compared to 2014 fourth quarter earnings of 98 cents per diluted share, and up 13 percent on a currency neutral basis. Compared to the same period in 2014, the translation of foreign currencies negatively impacted 2015 fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings by 10 cents per diluted share. 2015 fourth quarter GAAP net income was $141 million, or 93 cents per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net income of $119 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, in the year-earlier period.
Key 2015 fourth quarter business highlights:
• North America revenue was $4.7 billion with non-GAAP operating margin of 2.62 percent and GAAP operating margin of 2.14 percent. Europe revenue was $3.4 billion with non-GAAP operating margin of 1.58 percent and GAAP operating margin of 1.33 percent. Asia Pacific revenue was $2.5 billion with non-GAAP operating margin of 2.20 percent and GAAP operating margin of 2.01 percent. Latin America revenue was $0.8 billion with non-GAAP operating margin of 2.58 percent and GAAP operating margin of 2.36 percent.
• Return on invested capital for the 2015 full year was 10.7 percent on a non-GAAP basis, nearly 300 basis points above the company weighted average cost of capital. Return on invested capital on a GAAP basis was 6.9 percent.
• During the quarter, Ingram Micro added to its expertise and capabilities across its key strategic initiatives, closing the following acquisitions:
o Commerce and fulfillment solutions provider DocData, one of the leading European providers of order fulfillment, returns logistics and online payment services;
o Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Grupo AÇÃO, one of Latin America's leading providers of critical valueadd IT solutions with a portfolio of higher value products, including those from strategic vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, EMC and VMware, and solutions offerings including integration services, sales support and financial services; and
o Cloud-focused Parallels Odin Service Automation platform.
• Ingram Micro repurchased 1.7 million shares during the 2015 fourth quarter for a total cost of $53 million.
• Ingram Micro's U.S. operations raised nearly $700,000 for local charities resulting from fundraising events in New York and California.
As noted in the press release issued on February 17, 2016, the company has suspended its quarterly dividend payment and its share repurchase program prior to the closing of the company's pending acquisition by Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company, Ltd. (Tianjin Tianhai) whereby the company will join HNA Group.
Conference Call and Webcast
As noted in the press release issued on February 17, 2016, due to the company's pending acquisition by Tianjin Tianhai whereby the company will join HNA Group, the company will not be holding a conference call to discuss its 2015 fourth quarter financial results nor will it be providing an outlook for the 2016 first quarter or for the 2016 full year.
In addition to GAAP results, Ingram Micro is reporting non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share and non-GAAP return on invested capital. These non-GAAP measures exclude charges associated with reorganization, acquisitions, integration and transition costs, including those associated with the company's previously announced cost savings programs, and the amortization of intangible assets. These non-GAAP financial measures also exclude a charge related to an impairment of internally developed software resulting from the company's decision to stop its global ERP deployment and a charge for an estimated settlement of employee related taxes assessed in Europe in 2015 and a benefit related to the receipt of an LCD flat panel class action settlement in 2014. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share also exclude the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses related to the translation effect on Euro-based inventory purchases in Ingram Micro's pan-European entity. In 2015, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share also exclude the non-cash benefit related to the release of valuation allowance in our Brazilian subsidiary. The non-GAAP measures noted above are primary indicators that Ingram Micro's management uses internally to conduct and measure its business and evaluate the performance of its consolidated operations and operating segments. Ingram Micro's management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful because they provide meaningful comparisons to prior periods and an alternate view of the impact of acquired businesses. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Ingram Micro's business. A material limitation associated with these non-GAAP measures as compared to the GAAP measures is that they may not be comparable to other companies with similarly titled items that present related measures differently. The non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for the periods presented is attached to this press release.
In connection with the proposed merger, Ingram Micro will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). STOCKHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (when available) and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, stockholders will be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the proxy statement and other relevant documents (when available) from the "Investors" section of Ingram Micro's website or by contacting Ingram Micro's investor relations department via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Ingram Micro and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees as well as Tianjin Tianhai and the HNA Group and their respective directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Ingram Micro's stockholders with respect to the merger. Information about Ingram Micro's directors and executive officers and their ownership of Ingram Micro's common stock is set forth in the proxy statement for Ingram Micro's 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Ingram Micro's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2015. Stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the direct and indirect interests of the participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the merger, including the interests of Ingram Micro's directors and executive officers in the merger, which may be different than those of Ingram Micro's stockholders generally, by reading the proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents regarding the merger, which will be filed with the SEC.
Cautionary Statement for the Purpose of the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
The matters in this communication that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act are based on current management expectations. Certain risks may cause such expectations to not be achieved and, in turn, may have a material adverse effect on Ingram Micro's business, financial condition and results of operations. Ingram Micro disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements. Important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation: (1) our acquisition and investment strategies may not produce the expected benefits, which may adversely affect results of operations; (2) changes in macro-economic and geopolitical conditions can affect our business and results of operations; (3) failure to retain and recruit key personnel would harm our ability to meet key objectives; (4) we are dependent on a variety of information systems, which, if not properly functioning, and available, or if we experience system security breaches, data protection breaches, or other cyber-attacks and security risks to our associates, could adversely disrupt our business and harm our reputation and net sales; (5) we operate a global business that exposes us to risks associated with conducting business in multiple jurisdictions; (6) we may become involved in intellectual property disputes that could cause us to incur substantial costs, divert the efforts of management or require us to pay substantial damages or licensing fees; (7) our failure to adequately adapt to industry changes could negatively impact our future operating results; (8) we continually experience intense competition across all markets for our products and services; (9) termination of a key supply or services agreement or a significant change in supplier terms or conditions of sale could negatively affect our operating margins, revenue or the level of capital required to fund our operations; (10) substantial defaults by our customers or the loss of significant customers could negatively impact our business, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity; (11) changes in, or interpretations of, tax rules and regulations, changes in the mix of our business amongst different tax jurisdictions, and deterioration of the performance of our business may adversely affect our effective income tax rates or operating margins and we may be required to pay additional taxes and/or tax assessments, as well as record valuation allowances relating to our deferred tax assets; (12) our goodwill and identifiable intangible assets could become impaired, which could reduce the value of our assets and reduce our net income in the year in which the write-off occurs; (13) changes in our credit rating or other market factors, such as adverse capital and credit market conditions or reductions in cash flow from operations may affect our ability to meet liquidity needs, reduce access to capital, and/or increase our costs of borrowing; (14) we cannot predict the outcome of litigation matters and other contingencies that we may be involved with from time to time; (15) Our failure to comply with the requirements of environmental regulations could adversely affect our business; (16) we face a variety of risks in our reliance on third-party service companies, including shipping companies, for the delivery of our products and outsourcing arrangements; (17) changes in accounting rules could adversely affect our future operating results; (18) our quarterly results have fluctuated significantly; (19) despite its global presence, Ingram Micro may fail to proactively identify and tap into emerging markets and geographies; (20) the possibility of our acquisition by Tianjin Tianhai / the HNA Group not being timely completed, if completed at all; and (21) prior to the completion of our acquisition by Tianjin Tianhai / the HNA Group, our business experiencing disruptions due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors making it more difficult to maintain relationships with vendors, customers, licensees, other business partners or governmental entities, or retain key employees. We have historically instituted, and will continue to institute, changes to our strategies, operations and processes in an effort to address and mitigate risks; however, there are no assurances that Ingram Micro will be successful in these efforts. For a further discussion of significant factors to consider in connection with forward-looking statements concerning Ingram Micro, reference is made to our SEC filings, and specifically to Item 1A-Risk Factors, of our latest Annual Report on Form 10K.
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