Sun Hydraulics Reports Strong Earnings in 2014, Announces Shared Distribution

SARASOTA, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 02/23/15 -- Sun Hydraulics Corporation (NASDAQ: SNHY) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year-end 2014 and the Board of Directors announced a $6.1 million shared distribution.

(Dollars in millions except net income per share)
                                         December 27, December 28,
                                             2014         2013     Increase
                                         ------------ ------------ --------
           Twelve Months Ended
Net sales                                $      227.7 $      205.3       11%
Net income                               $       43.8 $       38.0       15%
Net income per share:
  Basic                                  $       1.65 $       1.45       14%
  Diluted                                $       1.65 $       1.45       14%
            Three Months Ended
Net sales                                $       54.8 $       49.1       12%
Net income                               $       10.3 $        8.3       24%
Net income per share:
  Basic                                  $       0.39 $       0.32       22%
  Diluted                                $       0.39 $       0.32       22%

"Demand was strong throughout the fourth quarter, capping off another record year for Sun," said Allen Carlson, Sun's President and CEO. "All geographic end markets expanded in the quarter, led by robust demand in North America, which was up 18%. Asia/Pacific and Europe were each up 5%. For the year, we were able to drive double digit top and bottom line growth. Our performance led the Board to once again declare a shared distribution, recognizing the importance of both employees and shareholders."

"We made significant investments for future growth in 2014, and are seeing positive signs as a result," continued Carlson. "Our larger physical footprint provides the capacity to grow and drive operational improvements. This leads to faster response times to better satisfy our customers. New products, including prototype valves utilizing our new licensed Sturman technology, are creating interesting opportunities with both existing and new customers. Product development efforts increase our capabilities and enhance our offering of integrated package solutions. We anticipate continued product development and releases in 2015."

Concluding, Carlson commented, "Despite some headwinds, 2015 is off to a good start. The breadth and depth of our product line lends itself well to serving diverse end-user markets and eliminating reliance on any one industry. Geographically, there are pockets of strength, including North America and parts of Europe. In China, we have expanded our customer base, which mitigates a slowdown in Asia/Pacific. We remain ready to respond to business conditions in 2015. Our diverse end markets, coupled with on-going investment in products and marketing efforts prepare Sun for future business growth. We also have the infrastructure in place and a strong balance sheet to capitalize on opportunities."

Shared Distribution

The 2014 shared distribution totals approximately $6.1 million. It consists of a contribution to employees equal to 10% of wages, most of which will be paid into retirement plans in the form of Sun Hydraulics stock, and a $0.09 per share cash dividend to be paid to all shareholders. The shared distribution dividend is payable on March 31, 2015, to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2015.


First quarter 2015 revenues are expected to be approximately $55 million, down 3% from the first quarter of 2014, primarily driven by a strong U.S. Dollar against the Euro. Earnings per share are estimated to be $0.40 to $0.42 compared to $0.43 in the same period a year ago. The first quarter will look similar on the top line to the fourth quarter, but operationally we expect to drive more profit to the bottom line.


Sun Hydraulics Corporation will broadcast its 2014 fourth quarter and year-end financial results conference call live over the Internet at 9:00 A.M. E.T. tomorrow, February 24, 2015. To listen to the webcast, go to the Investor Relations section of

Webcast Q&A

If an individual wishes to ask questions directly during the webcast, the conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-364-3109 and using 5125675 as the access code. Questions also may be submitted to the Company via email by going to the Sun Hydraulics website,, and clicking on Investor Relations on the top menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on contact email:, which will open an email window to type in your message. Sun leadership will then answer these and other questions during the Company's webcast. A copy of this earnings release is posted on the Investor Relations page of our website under "Press Releases."

Sun Hydraulics Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds for worldwide industrial and mobile markets. For more information about Sun, please visit our website at


Certain oral statements made by management from time to time and certain statements contained herein that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and, because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, including those in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations, estimates or projections of the Company, its Directors or its Officers about the Company and the industry in which it operates, and assumptions made by management, and include among other items, (i) the Company's strategies regarding growth, including its intention to develop new products; (ii) the Company's financing plans; (iii) trends affecting the Company's financial condition or results of operations; (iv) the Company's ability to continue to control costs and to meet its liquidity and other financing needs; (v) the declaration and payment of dividends; and (vi) the Company's ability to respond to changes in customer demand domestically and internationally, including as a result of standardization. Although the Company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the anticipated results will occur.

Important factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other items, (i) the economic cyclicality of the capital goods industry in general and the hydraulic valve and manifold industry in particular, which directly affect customer orders, lead times and sales volume; (ii) conditions in the capital markets, including the interest rate environment and the availability of capital; (iii) changes in the competitive marketplace that could affect the Company's revenue and/or cost bases, such as increased competition, lack of qualified engineering, marketing, management or other personnel, and increased labor and raw materials costs; (iv) changes in technology or customer requirements, such as standardization of the cavity into which screw-in cartridge valves must fit, which could render the Company's products or technologies noncompetitive or obsolete; (v) new product introductions, product sales mix and the geographic mix of sales nationally and internationally; and (vi) changes relating to the Company's international sales, including changes in regulatory requirements or tariffs, trade or currency restrictions, fluctuations in exchange rates, and tax and collection issues. Further information relating to factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated is included but not limited to information under the heading "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 27, 2014, and under the heading "Business" and particularly under the subheading, "Business Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(in thousands except per share data)

                                                 Three months ended
                                           December 27,      December 28,
                                               2014              2013
                                         ----------------  ----------------

Net sales                                $         54,803  $         49,050
Cost of sales                                      33,025            29,608
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Gross profit                                       21,778            19,442
Selling, engineering and administrative
 expenses                                           7,445             7,039
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Operating income                                   14,333            12,403
Interest (income) expense, net                       (666)             (258)
Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss,
 net                                                 (509)               41
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net                   137               (87)
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Income before income taxes                         15,371            12,707
Income tax provision                                5,044             4,364
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Net income                               $         10,327  $          8,343
                                         ================  ================
Basic net income per common share        $           0.39  $           0.32
Weighted average basic shares outstanding          26,548            26,336
Diluted net income per common share      $           0.39  $           0.32
Weighted average diluted shares
 outstanding                                       26,548            26,336
Dividends declared per share             $          0.090  $          0.090

(in thousands except per share data)

                                                 For the year ended
                                           December 27,      December 28,
                                               2014              2013
                                         ----------------  ----------------

Net sales                                $        227,673  $        205,267
Cost of sales                                     133,781           122,306
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Gross profit                                       93,892            82,961
Selling, engineering and administrative
 expenses                                          29,821            26,790
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Operating income                                   64,071            56,171
Interest income, net                               (1,592)             (967)
Foreign currency transaction gain, net               (764)              (27)
Miscellaneous (income) expense, net                   685                (7)
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Income before income taxes                         65,742            57,172
Income tax provision                               21,967            19,188
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Net income                               $         43,775  $         37,984
                                         ================  ================
Basic net income per common share        $           1.65  $           1.45
Weighted average basic shares outstanding          26,456            26,206
Diluted net income per common share      $           1.65  $           1.45
Weighted average diluted shares
 outstanding                                       26,456            26,206
Dividends declared per share             $           1.45  $           0.45

(in thousands)

                                            December 27,      December 28,
                                                2014              2013
                                          ----------------  ----------------

Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents               $         56,843  $         54,912
  Restricted cash                                      319               334
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance
   for doubtful accounts of $172 and $117           17,501            16,984
  Inventories                                       14,098            13,853
  Income taxes receivable                               --               954
  Deferred income taxes                                467               474
  Short-term investments                            43,353            38,729
  Other current assets                               2,966             2,816
                                          ----------------  ----------------
  Total current assets                             135,547           129,056
Property, plant and equipment, net                  77,716            75,731
Goodwill                                             5,141             5,221
Other assets                                         4,360             3,470
                                          ----------------  ----------------
  Total assets                            $        222,764  $        213,478
                                          ================  ================
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                        $          4,873  $          4,630
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities             7,908             7,016
  Income taxes payable                                 559                --
  Dividends payable                                  2,392             2,372
                                          ----------------  ----------------
  Total current liabilities                         15,732            14,018
Deferred income taxes                                8,501             7,747
Other noncurrent liabilities                           272               285
                                          ----------------  ----------------
  Total liabilities                                 24,505            22,050
Commitments and contingencies                           --                --
Shareholders' equity:
  Preferred stock, 2,000,000 shares
   authorized, par value $0.001, no shares
   outstanding                                          --                --
  Common stock, 50,000,000 shares
   authorized, par value $0.001,
   26,572,774 and 26,352,692 shares
   outstanding                                          27                26
  Capital in excess of par value                    73,499            65,391
  Retained earnings                                128,818           123,420
  Accumulated other comprehensive income
   (loss)                                           (4,085)            2,591
                                          ----------------  ----------------
  Total shareholders' equity                       198,259           191,428
                                          ----------------  ----------------
  Total liabilities and shareholders'
   equity                                 $        222,764  $        213,478
                                          ================  ================

(in thousands)

                                                 Twelve months ended
                                           December 27,      December 28,
                                               2014              2013
                                         ----------------  ----------------

Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income                               $         43,775  $         37,984
Adjustments to reconcile net income to
 net cash provided by operating
Depreciation and amortization                       8,718             7,227
(Gain)Loss on disposal of assets                      171               462
Gain on investment in business                         --              (528)
Stock-based compensation expense                    3,899             3,047
Deferred director and phantom stock unit
 expense (income)                                      35                70
Stock compensation income tax benefit                (137)             (303)
Allowance for doubtful accounts                        55                (7)
Provision for slow moving inventory                   (37)               --
Provision for deferred income taxes                 1,265               291
(Increase) decrease in, net of
  Accounts receivable                                (572)           (3,210)
  Inventories                                        (208)           (1,226)
  Income taxes receivable                           1,091                77
  Other current assets                               (150)             (167)
  Other assets                                         69               383
Increase (decrease) in, net of
  Accounts payable                                    243                24
  Income taxes payable                                559                --
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities            4,118             3,155
  Other noncurrent liabilities                        (48)             (156)
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Net cash provided by operating activities          62,846            47,123
Cash flows from investing activities:
Investment in business, net of cash
 acquired                                              --              (923)
Investment in licensed technology                  (1,075)               --
Capital expenditures                              (10,667)          (17,935)
Proceeds from dispositions of equipment                37               230
Purchases of short-term investments               (51,236)          (28,356)
Proceeds from sale of short-term
 investments                                       44,765            26,764
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Net cash used in investing activities             (18,176)          (20,220)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Stock compensation income tax benefit                 137               303
Proceeds from stock issued                            846               859
Dividends to shareholders                         (38,357)           (9,435)
Change in restricted cash                              15                (5)
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Net cash used in financing activities             (37,359)           (8,278)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 and cash equivalents                              (5,380)            1,809
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
 equivalents                                        1,931            20,434
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of
 period                                            54,912            34,478
                                         ----------------  ----------------
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $         56,843  $         54,912
                                         ================  ================

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow
Cash paid:
  Income taxes                           $         19,693  $         19,123
Supplemental disclosure of noncash
Common stock issued for shared
 distribution through accrued expenses
 and other liabilities                   $          3,226  $          3,486
Common stock issued for deferred
 director's compensation through other
 noncurrent liabilities                  $             --  $            294
Unrealized gain (loss) on available for
 sale securities                         $           (671) $            (22)

Dennis Tichio
Investor Relations

Tricia Fulton
Chief Financial Officer

Source: Sun Hydraulics Corporation