IEC Announces Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Results

Newark, New York, November 28, 2018 — IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE American: IEC) today announced results for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2018.

IEC reported revenues of $34.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, an increase of 24% as compared to revenues of $27.6 million for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2017 and a sequential increase of 15% as compared to the third quarter of 2018.  Gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 improved to 13.1% as compared to 12.6% in the same quarter last year.  Selling and administrative expenses increased to $2.9 million but decreased slightly as a percentage of sales to 8.5%, as compared to $2.5 million or 9.0% of sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The Company reported net income of $9.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, or $0.89 per share, compared to net income of $0.8 million, or $0.07 per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Net income for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter included a tax benefit of $7.8 million, related to the Company adjusting its deferred tax asset allowance, reflecting confidence that deferred tax assets will be utilized in future periods.  On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the one-time tax benefit, fourth quarter net income was $1.3 million or $0.13 per share. 

Revenues for the year ended September 30, 2018 increased 21% to $116.9 million as compared to $96.5 million in fiscal 2017.  Gross profit margin for fiscal 2018 improved slightly to 12.1% as compared to 11.7% in fiscal 2017.  Selling and administrative expenses increased to $11.4 million but decreased as a percentage of sales to 9.8%, as compared to $10.2 million or 10.6% of sales for full year fiscal 2017.  Net income for fiscal 2018 was $10.4 million, or $1.01 per share, compared to $0.08 million, or $0.01 per share, in the prior year period.  Fiscal 2018 net income included a tax benefit of $8.8 million, related to the previously mentioned deferred tax asset allowance adjustment, as well as a first quarter 2018 release of the valuation allowance on our alternative minimum tax credits as a result of the December 2017 U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the one-time tax benefit, fiscal 2018 net income was $1.6 million or $0.15 per share.     

Jeffrey T. Schlarbaum, President and CEO of IEC Electronics commented, “With the close of fiscal 2018, we believe our Company has fully exited the turnaround phase and is well positioned to drive sustained growth.  Our strong fourth quarter performance was characterized by increased revenues levels, which have not been seen in 5 years, as well as strong backlog growth. Revenue and volume growth are being driven in large part by our ability to win new projects from existing customers as they recognize IEC’s value as a reliable and consistent manufacturing partner and discover the breadth of our diverse, vertically integrated capabilities.

“Gross margin in the quarter improved by 50 bps, despite deliberate additions to overhead and direct labor to support increasing revenue levels expected in fiscal 2019.  While global component shortages persist, we continue to strategically manage our inventory and workforce to maximize our ability to convert orders in this challenging environment.”   

Mr. Schlarbaum concluded, “We are energized by the opportunities we’re seeing in the marketplace from both new and existing customers.  As we move through fiscal 2019, we believe we’re well positioned to drive continued growth and to increase our leadership position as a reliable and consistent manufacturing partner for life-saving and mission critical products.  Our fiscal fourth quarter backlog increased to $133 million, representing 85% year over year growth, and a level our company has not experienced in more than 20 years. During the fiscal fourth quarter, we also experienced a solid book to bill ratio of 1.3:1.  With our visibility today, we expect strong double digit year over year growth in fiscal 2019 and we are eager to start the new year not expecting to experience the seasonal revenue decline from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019 that we have typically experienced in past years.”

Conference Call:

 IEC will host a conference call, today, Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its financial results for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2018.

The conference call may be accessed in the U.S. and Canada by dialing toll-free (877) 407-9210. International callers may access the call by dialing (201) 689-8049.

A replay of the teleconference will be available for 30 days after the call and may be accessed domestically by dialing (877) 481-4010 and international callers may dial (919) 882-2331.  Callers must enter conference ID: 38816.

To access the live webcast, log onto the IEC website at  The webcast can also be accessed at An online replay will be available shortly after the call.


About IEC Electronics

IEC Electronics is a provider of electronic manufacturing services ("EMS") to advanced technology companies that produce life-saving and mission critical products for the medical, industrial, aerospace and defense sectors. The Company specializes in delivering technical solutions for the custom manufacture of complex full system assemblies by providing on-site analytical testing laboratories, custom design and test engineering services combined with a broad array of manufacturing services encompassing electronics, interconnect solutions, and precision metalworking.  As a full service EMS provider, IEC holds all appropriate certifications for the market sectors it supports including ISO 9001:2008, AS9100D, ISO 13485, and Nadcap.  IEC Electronics is headquartered in Newark, NY and also has operations in Rochester, NY and Albuquerque, NM.  Additional information about IEC can be found on its web site at

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The following important factors, among others, could affect future results and events, causing those results and events to differ materially from those views expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements: business conditions and growth or contraction in our customers’ industries, the electronic manufacturing services industry and the general economy; variability of our operating results; our ability to control our material, labor and other costs; our dependence on a limited number of major customers; the potential consolidation of our customer base; availability of component supplies; dependence on certain industries; variability and timing of customer requirements;  technological, engineering and other start-up issues related to new programs and products; uncertainties as to availability and timing of governmental funding for our customers; the impact of government regulations, including FDA regulations; risks related to the accuracy of the estimates and assumptions we used to revalue our net deferred tax assets in accordance with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; the types and mix of sales to our customers; litigation and governmental investigations;  intellectual property litigation; our ability to maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting; unforeseen product failures and the potential product liability claims that may be associated with such failures; the availability of capital and other economic, business and competitive factors affecting our customers, our industry and business generally; failure or breach of our information technology systems; and natural disasters. Any one or more of such risks and uncertainties could have a material adverse effect on us or the value of our common stock. For a further list and description of various risks, relevant factors and uncertainties that could cause future results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

All forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date indicated or as of the date of this release. We do not undertake any obligation to, and may not, publicly update or correct any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that subsequently occur or which we hereafter become aware of, except as required by law. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time and we cannot predict these events or how they may affect us and cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on our forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.



Audra Gavelis


Director of Marketing & Investor Relations


IEC Electronics Corp.


(315) 332-4559



SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 and 2017

(in thousands, except share and per share data)


September 30, 2018

September 30, 2017

Current assets:    
Cash $— $—
Accounts receivable, net of allowance 25,168 17,887
Inventories 34,126 15,605
Other current assets 1,747 1,018
Total current assets 61,041 34,510
Property, plant & equipment, net 20,110 17,777
Deferred income taxes 8,855
Other long term assets 442 160
Total assets $90,448 $52,447







Current liabilities:    
Current portion of long-term debt $1,449 $987
Current portion of capital lease obligation 306 215
Accounts payable 28,689 13,046
Accrued payroll and related expenses 1,796 1,013
Other accrued expenses 458 444
Customer deposits 7,595 1,611
Total current liabilities 40,293 17,316
Long-term debt 16,002 14,023
Long-term capital lease obligation 7,027 5,362
Other long-term liabilities 1,750 1,317
Total liabilities 65,072 38,018







Preferred stock, $0.01 par value:
500,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding  --  --
Common stock, $0.01 par value:    
Authorized: 50,000,000 shares    
Issued: 11,304,393 and 11,252,566 shares, respectively    
Outstanding: 10,248,905 and 10,197,078 shares, respectively 102 102
Additional paid-in capital 47,326 46,789
Accumulated deficit (20,463) (30,873)
Treasury stock, at cost: 1,055,488 shares (1,589) (1,589)
Total stockholders’ equity 25,376 14,429
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $90,448 $52,447




YEARS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 and 2017

(in thousands, except share and per share data)


Three Months Ended

Years Ended

 (unaudited) September 30, 2018 September 30, 2017 September 30, 2018 September 30, 2017
Net sales $34,216  $27,623 $116,922 $96,455
Cost of sales 29,720 24,148 102,765 85,198
Gross profit 4,496 3,475 14,157 11,257
Selling and administrative expenses 2,895 2,491 11,438 10,197
Operating profit 1,601 984 2,719 1,060
Interest expense 312 210 1,146 917
Other expense/(income) -- -- -- --
Income before income taxes 1,289 774 1,573 143
(Benefit)/provision for income taxes (7,832) 19 (8,837) 62
Net income/(loss) $9,121 $755 $10,410 $81
Net income per common share:    
Basic $0.89 $0.07 $1.01 $0.01
Diluted $0.87 $0.07 $1.01 $0.01
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:  
Basic 10,248,271 10,197,424 10,228,596 10,181,868
Diluted 10,501,569 10,271,493 10,320,203 10,181,868







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