STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION Reports Fiscal 2023 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Operating Results
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STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION Reports Fiscal 2023 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Operating Results

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION (“STRATTEC” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:STRT) today reported operating results for the fiscal fourth quarter ended July 2, 2023. Despite higher net sales, the comparative current year fourth quarter operating profit results were lower than the results in the same period for the prior year due to higher manufacturing input costs and a stronger Mexican Peso against the U.S. dollar, which was partially offset by lower engineering costs associated with a customer reimbursement of engineering development costs.

Fourth Quarter Overview
Net sales for the fourth quarter ended July 2, 2023 were $132.2 million, compared to net sales of $123.1 million for the fourth quarter ended July 3, 2022. Net loss was $2.7 million in the current year fourth quarter, compared to net income of $384,000 in the prior year fourth quarter. Diluted loss per share for the current year fourth quarter was $0.69 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.10 in the prior year fourth quarter. The current year fourth quarter included a $4.7 million net loss associated with an Equity Restructuring Agreement (described below) equating to a loss per share of $1.19.

On June 30th, the Company announced that it had entered into and subsequently completed the transactions contemplated by an Equity Restructuring Agreement (Restructuring Agreement) between the Company and WITTE Automotive GmbH (WITTE) related to both the Company’s Vehicle Access Systems Technologies LLC (VAST LLC) joint venture and its STRATTEC Power Access LLC (SPA) joint venture. Under the terms of the Restructuring Agreement, the Company agreed to sell to WITTE its one-third interest in VAST LLC for a net purchase price of $18,500,000 plus the Company received ownership of: (1) WITTE’s 20% minority interest in STRATTEC Power Access LLC (SPA); and (2) the net assets of VAST LLC’s Korea branch office, which now operates as a newly registered Korea branch of the Company. Of the aforementioned $4.7 million net loss for the Equity Restructuring Agreement, $4.4 million was related to tax effects, primarily a $2.2 million China non-resident capital gain tax and a valuation allowance of $1.4 million related to our assessment of the future realization of U.S. capital loss carryforwards.

Full Year Earnings Overview
For the year ended July 2, 2023, the Company’s net sales were $492.9 million compared to net sales of $452.3 million in the prior year. Net loss during the current year was $6.7 million compared to net income of $7.0 million in the prior year. Diluted loss per share was $1.70 for the year ended July 2, 2023 compared to diluted earnings per share of $1.79 during the prior year ended July 3, 2022. As referenced in the fourth quarter overview, the current year included a $4.7 million net loss associated with the aforementioned Equity Restructuring Agreement equating to a loss per share of $1.20.

Discussion of Quarterly Results
Net sales to each of our customers in the current year quarter and prior year quarter were as follows (in millions):

  Three Months Ended
  July 2, 2023   July 3, 2022
General Motors Company $ 39.1   $ 38.6
Ford Motor Company 26.6   21.8
Stellantis 22.3   20.6
Tier 1 Customers 20.1   16.5
Commercial and Other OEM Customers 14.5   14.9
Hyundai / Kia 9.6   10.7
TOTAL $ 132.2   $ 123.1

It is important to note that the prior year quarter sales included an additional 53rd week of sales. The quarter-over-quarter sales increase of $9.1 million would have been $16.7 million had the prior year not included that extra week. The increase in net sales between quarters was due to improved global semiconductor chip availability in the current year quarter relative to the prior year quarter, which positively impacted sales to General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company, Stellantis and Tier 1 Customers. Specifically, sales growth to General Motors Company in the current year quarter was attributed to higher production volumes of pickup trucks and SUVs for which we supply components. The increased sales between quarters for Ford Motor Company was due to higher production volumes of their pickup trucks, while Stellantis’s growth was attributed to higher production volumes of their minivan. The increased sales for Tier One customers includes other components sold for both the GM Pickup Trucks and SUVs and the Stellantis minivan. The decrease in sales for Hyundai/Kia was due to lower production volumes in the quarter for the Kia minivan.

Despite improved fixed cost absorption associated with 7.4% higher net sales in the current year quarter compared to the prior year quarter, gross profit margins declined to 9.3% from 11.3% in the prior year quarter primarily due to higher cost of purchased materials, increased costs in our Mexican operations related to the mandatory minimum wage increase enacted by the Mexican Government effective January 1, 2023, and an unfavorable average U.S. dollar / Mexican Peso exchange rate between quarters.

Engineering, Selling, and Administrative expenses decreased $1.5 million in the current year quarter compared with the prior year quarter due to a customer reimbursement of engineering development costs, which costs were mostly incurred during the nine-month period ended April 2, 2023.

Included in Other (Expense) Income, Net in the current year quarter compared to the prior year quarter were the following items (in thousands of dollars):

  July 2,   July 3,
  2023   2022
Equity Loss of VAST LLC Joint Venture $ (375 )   $ (764 )
Net Foreign Currency Transaction (Loss) Gain (725 )   358  
Other 11     (260 )
  $ (1,089 )   $ (666 )

The equity loss of VAST LLC in the current year quarter compared to the prior year quarter was lower due to improved profitability in VAST China partially offset by a loss of $466,000 on the disposition of VAST LLC’s Brazilian subsidiary.

Frank Krejci, STRATTEC President and CEO commented: “While the fourth quarter generated positive operational results, 2023 has been a challenging fiscal year for us financially. However, the restructuring of our partnership within VAST provides us with a stronger balance sheet, 100% ownership in our award-winning power products business, and greater focus on our strategic initiatives in the years ahead while still being able to collaborate with our former VAST partners on mutually beneficial opportunities.

In the quarter we grew our sales compared to the prior year quarter and saw improvement in the cost of some key raw materials. However, those positives were offset by continued inflationary pressure from our component suppliers, significantly higher government mandated wages in our Mexican operations and a weakening U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso. For the year the Mexican government mandated wage increases and a weaker U.S. Dollar/Mexican Peso relationship resulted in more than a $10 million deterioration in our margins.

Our Team has demonstrated great resiliency overcoming adversity during these difficult times. As we enter a new fiscal year, we will remain highly motivated to continue improving the overall profitability of the business. Final resolution of the protracted inflation related pricing negotiations with our customers is particularly important and impactful. We will continue implementing new ideas for additional cost efficiencies, adding vertical integration opportunities, and launching new products and programs with improved economics and margins.”

STRATTEC designs, develops, manufactures and markets automotive Access Control Products, including mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, latches, power sliding side door systems, power liftgate systems, power tailgate systems, power deck lid systems, door handles and related products. These products are provided to customers in North America, and on a global basis through a strategic and supply relationship with WITTE Automotive of Velbert, Germany and ADAC Automotive of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Under this relationship, STRATTEC, WITTE and ADAC market and manufacture each company’s products to global customers under the “VAST Automotive Group” brand name. STRATTEC’s history in the automotive business spans over 110 years.

Certain statements contained in this release contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “planned,” “potential,” “should,” “will,” and “would.” Such forward-looking statements in this release are inherently subject to many uncertainties in the Company’s operations and business environment. These uncertainties include general economic conditions, in particular, relating to the automotive industry, consumer demand for the Company’s and its customers’ products, competitive and technological developments, customer purchasing actions, changes in warranty provisions and customers’ product recall policies, work stoppages at the Company or at the location of its key customers as a result of labor disputes, foreign currency fluctuations, uncertainties stemming from U.S. trade policies, tariffs and reaction to same from foreign countries, the volume and scope of product returns or customer cost reimbursement actions, adverse business and operational issues resulting from semiconductor chip supply shortages and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and costs of operations (including fluctuations in the cost, and factors impacting the availability, of necessary raw materials). Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are only made as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release. In addition, such uncertainties and other operational matters are discussed further in the Company’s quarterly and annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Condensed Results of Operations
(In Thousands except per share amounts)

  Fourth Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  July 2, 2023   July 3, 2022   July 2, 2023   July 3, 2022
Net Sales $ 132,219     $ 123,073     $ 492,946     $ 452,265  
Cost of Goods Sold   119,951       109,177       450,794       396,249  
Gross Profit   12,268       13,896       42,152       56,016  
Engineering, Selling & Administrative Expenses   10,975       12,436       48,241       47,119  
Income (Loss) from Operations   1,293       1,460       (6,089 )     8,897  
Interest Expense   (369 )     (62 )     (960 )     (221 )
Other (Expense) Income, net   (1,089 )     (666 )     (619 )     583  
(Loss) Income Before Provision for Income Taxes and Non-Controlling Interest   (165 )     732       (7,668 )     9,259  
Provision for Income Taxes   2,919       76       1,281       415  
Net (Loss) Income   (3,084 )     656       (8,949 )     8,844  
Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest   (384 )     272       (2,279 )     1,828  
Net (Loss) Income Attributable to STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION $ (2,700 )   $ 384     $ (6,670 )   $ 7,016  
(Loss) Earnings Per Share:              
Basic $ (0.69 )   $ 0.10     $ (1.70 )   $ 1.82  
Diluted $ (0.69 )   $ 0.10     $ (1.70 )   $ 1.79  
Average Basic Shares Outstanding   3,928       3,876       3,921       3,861  
Average Diluted Shares Outstanding   3,928       3,920       3,921       3,910  
Capital Expenditures $ 3,646     $ 4,781     $ 17,370     $ 14,188  
Depreciation $ 4,340     $ 4,655     $ 17,485     $ 19,379  

Condensed Balance Sheet Data
(In Thousands)

  July 2, 2023   July 3, 2022
Current Assets:      
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 20,571     $ 8,774  
Receivables, net   89,811       75,827  
Inventories, net   77,597       80,482  
Customer Tooling in Progress, net   20,800       10,828  
Other Current Assets   17,003       12,321  
Total Current Assets   225,782       188,232  
Investment in Joint Ventures         26,654  
Other Long-term Assets   20,702       12,519  
Property, Plant and Equipment, net   94,446       91,729  
  $ 340,930     $ 319,134  
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts Payable $ 57,927     $ 43,950  
Other   51,059       37,579  
Total Current Liabilities   108,986       81,529  
Accrued Pension and Postretirement Obligations   2,363       2,588  
Borrowings Under Credit Facility   13,000       11,000  
Other Long-term Liabilities   5,557       4,070  
Shareholders’ Equity   334,683       342,568  
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss   (14,194 )     (18,588 )
Less: Treasury Stock   (135,526 )     (135,580 )
CORPORATION Shareholders’ Equity   184,963       188,400  
Non-Controlling Interest   26,061       31,547  
Total Shareholders’ Equity   211,024       219,947  
  $ 340,930     $ 319,134  

Condensed Cash Flow Statement Data
(In Thousands)

  Fourth Quarter Ended
  Year Ended
  July 2, 2023   July 3, 2022   July 2, 2023   July 3, 2022
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:                      
Net (Loss) Income $ (3,084 )   $ 656     $ (8,949 )   $ 8,844  
Adjustments to Reconcile Net (Loss) Income to                      
Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities:                      
Depreciation 4,340     4,655     17,485     19,379  
Equity Loss (Earnings) in Joint Ventures 375     764     (1,559 )   (177 )
Foreign Currency Transaction Loss (Gain) 821     (313 )   2,935     (237 )
Unrealized Loss (Gain) on Peso Contracts 534     116     627     (384 )
Stock Based Compensation Expense 327     267     1,466     1,140  
Loss on Settlement of Pension Obligation         217      
Deferred Income Taxes (4,937 )   (1,986 )   (4,937 )   (1,986 )
Change in Operating Assets/Liabilities 4,437     (5,669 )   2,670     (16,820 )
Other, net (230 )   163     140     677  
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities 2,583     (1,347 )   10,095     10,436  
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:                      
Investment in Joint Ventures (41 )   (75 )   (278 )   (150 )
Proceeds from Sale of VAST LLC 26,170         26,170      
Purchase of VAST Korea 354         354      
Additions to Property, Plant & Equipment (3,646 )   (4,781 )   (17,370 )   (14,188 )
Proceeds on Sales of Property, Plant & Equipment 10     5     25     5  
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities 22,847     (4,851 )   8,901     (14,333 )
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:                      
Borrowings on Line of Credit Facility 4,000     2,000     17,000     13,000  
Payments on Line of Credit Facility (12,000 )   (3,000 )   (15,000 )   (14,000 )
Purchase of Non-Controlling Interest (9,019 )       (9,019 )    
Dividends Paid to Non-controlling Interest     (600 )   (600 )   (1,800 )
Option Exercises & Employee Stock Purchases 19     24     183     908  
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities (17,000 )   (1,576 )   (7,436 )   (1,892 )
Effect of Foreign Currency Fluctuations on Cash 55     89     237     98  
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash & Cash Equivalents 8,485     (7,685 )   11,797     (5,691 )
Cash & Cash Equivalents:                      
Beginning of Period 12,086     16,459     8,774     14,465  
End of Period $ 20,571     $ 8,774     $ 20,571     $ 8,774  

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