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News Article | March 2, 2017
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MILWAUKEE, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (NASDAQ:JASNW) (“Jason” or “the Company”) today reported fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $158.8 million, net loss of $69.9 million and diluted loss per share of $2.69. These results include pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $2.9 million. For fourth quarter 2016, adjusted net loss was $4.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.14. Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million or 6.6 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities during the quarter was $12.2 million and free cash flow was $7.7 million. “Volumes in our Seating and Components businesses were down significantly on lower motorcycle and rail car demand, in line with our expectations,” said Brian Kobylinski, chief executive officer of Jason. “Finishing continued to see lower general industrial demand in Europe and the U.S., while Acoustics continued to benefit from new platforms, as vehicle production volumes were flat.  Despite these top-line challenges, we were able to deliver improved free cash flow through more effective working capital management.” Full-year 2016 results were net sales of $705.5 million, net loss of $77.7 million and diluted loss per share of $3.13. These results included pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $9.2 million. For full-year 2016, adjusted net loss was $7.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.24. Full-year Adjusted EBITDA was $64.2 million or 9.1 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities for full-year 2016 was $35.1 million and free cash flow was $11.7 million. In the first year of Jason’s global cost reduction and margin expansion program, actions taken and announced to-date will achieve $22 million in annual run-rate cost savings of the $30 million target to be achieved over three years. Global cost reduction program savings were $10 million in 2016. During 2016 Jason exited Finishing operations in Brazil and low-margin product lines in Components with approximately $20 million of non-core annual revenue. “While we faced significant headwinds in some of our end-markets during 2016, we successfully executed on actions to reduce our cost structure and exit non-core low margin business. We remain focused on operations in our key facilities to improve profitability and exceed quality and delivery commitments to our customers. Improvements in serving our customers have resulted in new platform opportunities and wins, and provide commercial traction heading into 2017,” added Kobylinski. Lower volumes in Components, Seating, and Finishing offset growth in Acoustics. Net sales of $158.8 million decreased $15.0 million, or 8.6 percent. Net sales were negatively impacted by $1.4 million, or 0.8 percent, of foreign currency translation and negative $3.6 million from the exit of non-core markets and product lines in Finishing and Components. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales decreased 5.8 percent. Net loss was $69.9 million including non-cash goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million, compared with net loss of $84.7 million including non-cash goodwill and intangibles impairment charges of $94.1 million in the prior year. Diluted loss per share was $2.69 compared with diluted loss per share of $3.20.  Adjusted net loss was $4.1 million compared with adjusted net income of $0.7 million. Adjusted loss per share was $0.14 compared with adjusted earnings per share of $0.02. Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million, or 6.6 percent of net sales, compared with $16.7 million, or 9.6 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $6.2 million on lower volumes in Components, Finishing, and Seating, and $1.0 million of corporate investments in supply chain initiatives.  Global cost reduction program savings of $2.4 million favorably impacted the quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities was $12.2 million, compared with $5.6 million. Capital expenditures were $3.7 million, a decrease of $5.2 million. Free cash flow was $7.7 million compared with negative $4.2 million driven by reductions in working capital and lower capital expenditures. Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA on a trailing twelve-month basis was 6.2x as of the end of the fourth quarter. Total liquidity as of the end of the fourth quarter was $89.3 million, comprised of $40.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $48.4 million of availability on revolving loan facilities globally. Seating Seating net sales of $32.1 million decreased $4.6 million, or 12.6 percent, negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.2 million, or 0.8 percent. Sales decreased on significantly lower volumes in heavyweight motorcycle. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.4 million, or 4.3 percent of net sales, compared with negative $0.4 million, or negative 1.1 percent of net sales. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA was impacted by a $1.0 million charge for excess and obsolete inventory in the prior year, current year improvements in operations, and lower selling and administrative expenses, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and unfavorable product mix. Finishing Finishing net sales of $44.3 million decreased $5.3 million, or 10.6 percent, including a negative foreign currency translation impact of $0.9 million, or 1.9 percent, and a negative $0.7 million, or 1.4% impact from the exit of a non-core market in Brazil. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 7.3 percent with lower volumes on softer global industrial demand. Adjusted EBITDA was $4.3 million, or 9.7 percent of net sales, compared with $5.5 million, or 11.2 percent of net sales, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and labor absorption. Acoustics Acoustics net sales of $61.0 million increased $1.7 million, or 2.9 percent, and were negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.1 million, or 0.2 percent. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, organic sales growth was 3.1 percent driven by increased volumes on new platform awards. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.4 million, or 10.5 percent of net sales, compared with $8.3 million, or 14.0 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased due to operational inefficiencies resulting in higher labor and material costs, and increased overhead. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $29.8 million was recorded in Acoustics due to lower growth expectations in part resulting from a projected decline in North American automotive end-markets. Components Net sales in Components of $21.3 million decreased $6.9 million, or 24.3 percent, including a negative $2.9 million, or 10.1 percent impact from the exit of non-core product lines upon closure of the Buffalo Grove facility in the fourth quarter.  Excluding the impact of non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 14.2 percent with lower volumes of rail car and industrial metal products, and increased volumes of smart utility meter components. Adjusted EBITDA was $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of net sales, compared with $5.0 million, or 17.9% of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively impacted by lower volumes. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $33.2 million was recorded in Components due to lower growth expectations primarily resulting from the current and projected cyclical decline in the rail car end-markets. “We have allocated resources and capital to focus on growing our core and simplifying our operations. We enter 2017 having recently exited a non-core Brazil market in Finishing, and with momentum to consolidate our footprint in Components. While we expect lower sales with on-going declines in some of our end markets, we are winning new business and right-sizing our cost structure and footprint to maintain our EBITDA and improve our margins,” added Kobylinski. “We will continue to drive free cash flow generation in our businesses to strengthen our balance sheet.” For 2017, Jason expects net sales in the range of $650 to $670 million and Adjusted EBITDA is expected in the range of $64 to $67 million. The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. A live webcast of the call may be accessed over the Internet from the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.jasoninc.com. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install the necessary audio applications. The conference call is also available by dialing 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). Participants should ask for the Jason Industries Fourth Quarter Earnings conference call. A replay of the live conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call. The replay will be available on the Company’s website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay passcode 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), March 9, 2017. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. About Jason Industries, Inc. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. Forward Looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “guidance,” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Such forward-looking statements include projected financial information. Such forward-looking statements with respect to revenues, earnings, performance, strategies, prospects and other aspects of the Company’s businesses are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the level of demand for the Company’s products; competition in the Company’s markets; the Company’s ability to grow and manage growth profitably; the Company’s ability to access additional capital; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you review and consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Non-GAAP and Other Company Information Included in this press release are certain non-GAAP financial measures designed to complement the financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America because management believes such measures are useful to investors. Because the Company’s calculations of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, you should be careful when comparing the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies. In this earnings release, we disclose the following non-GAAP financial measures, and we reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin - The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides a more clear picture of the Company’s operating results by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. The Company uses this metric to facilitate a comparison of operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period and to analyze the factors and trends affecting its segments. The Company’s internal plans, budgets and forecasts use Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric and the Company uses this measure to evaluate its operating performance and segment operating performance and to determine the level of incentive compensation paid to its employees. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share - The Company defines Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (calculated on a diluted basis) as net income and earnings per share (as defined by GAAP), excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense, net of their income tax impact. The tax rates used to calculate adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are based on a transaction specific basis. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. Management believes that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are useful in assessing the Company’s financial performance by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA - The Company defines Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA as current and long-term debt plus debt discounts less cash and cash equivalents, divided by pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve months.  Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as reported plus Adjusted EBITDA of acquisitions prior to the date of the acquisition during the trailing twelve months. Management believes that Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is useful in assessing the Company’s financial leverage. Free Cash Flow - The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash flows from operating activities (as defined by GAAP) less capital expenditures and cash dividends on preferred stock.  Management believes that Free Cash Flow is useful in assessing our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for strategic capital decisions. In addition to these non-GAAP financial measures, we also use the term “organic sales” to refer to GAAP net sales from existing operations excluding (i) sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition, (ii) sales from divested businesses or exited non-core businesses, and (iii) the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is calculated as the difference between (a) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) and (b) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) after applying current period average foreign exchange rates to the prior year period. We use the term “organic sales growth” to refer to the measure of comparing current period organic sales with the corresponding prior year period organic sales. *Note the consolidated first lien net leverage ratio under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities was 4.02x as of December 31, 2016. See Form 10-K for further discussion of the Company’s senior secured credit facilities. (1)  Charges in 2016 primarily relate to non-cash impairment of goodwill of $29.8 million and $33.2 million in the acoustics and components segments, respectively. Charges in 2015 represent non-cash impairment charges of $58.8 million and $35.3 million related to impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, respectively, in the seating segment. (2)  Restructuring includes costs associated with exit or disposal activities as defined by GAAP related to facility consolidation, including one-time employee termination benefits, costs to close facilities and relocate employees, and costs to terminate contracts other than capital leases. (3)  Transaction-related expenses primarily consist of professional service fees related to the Company’s acquisition and divestiture activities. (4)  During 2016, integration and other restructuring costs primarily includes costs incurred in connection with the start-up of a new acoustics segment facility in Richmond, Indiana and costs incurred in connection with the closure of Finishing operations in Brazil, and during the third quarter of 2016 includes a $0.6 million reversal of a reserve related to the Newcomerstown fire recorded in acquisition accounting for the business combination in 2014. During 2015, integration and other restructuring costs includes 1) equipment move costs and incremental facility preparation and related costs incurred in connection with the start-up of new acoustics segment facilities in Warrensburg, Missouri and Richmond, Indiana, and 2) $5.9 million of severance and expenses related to the transitions of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), partially offset by 3) a $0.8 million gain resulting from termination of an unfavorable lease recorded in acquisition accounting. Such costs are not included in restructuring for GAAP purposes. (5)  Represents non-cash share based compensation expense (income) for awards under the Company’s 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan. During the second quarter of 2016, share-based compensation includes $2.5 million of expense reversal as a result of the lowering of assumed vesting levels for Adjusted EBITDA performance share units. During 2015, share based compensation includes $2.9 million of expense due to accelerated vesting of RSU’s related to the transition of the Company’s CEO and CFO. (6)  Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility. (1)  The effective tax rate on adjustments is impacted by nondeductible foreign transaction and restructuring costs, nondeductible impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges in foreign jurisdictions at statutory tax rates, and discrete non-cash tax expense related to the vesting of restricted stock units for which no tax benefit will be realized. (2)  Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share-based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. (3)  In 2015, the Company did not exclude losses and gains on disposals of fixed assets from adjusted net income due to insignificance. Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility.


MILWAUKEE, Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (Nasdaq:JASNW) (the "Company" or "Jason Industries") today announced the Company will release its fourth quarter 2016 results before the market opens on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Jason Industries will also hold a conference call to discuss the results at 10:00 am (Eastern Time) that day. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-3982 (domestic) or 1-201-493-6780 (international). A telephonic replay will be available approximately three hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921, or for international callers, 1-412-317-6671. The participant passcode for the live call and the replay is 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on March 9, 2017. Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the live conference call by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at investors.jasoninc.com. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. To learn more about Jason Industries, please visit our website, investors.jasoninc.com. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MILWAUKEE, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (NASDAQ:JASNW) (“Jason” or “the Company”) today reported fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $158.8 million, net loss of $69.9 million and diluted loss per share of $2.69. These results include pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $2.9 million. For fourth quarter 2016, adjusted net loss was $4.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.14. Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million or 6.6 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities during the quarter was $12.2 million and free cash flow was $7.7 million. “Volumes in our Seating and Components businesses were down significantly on lower motorcycle and rail car demand, in line with our expectations,” said Brian Kobylinski, chief executive officer of Jason. “Finishing continued to see lower general industrial demand in Europe and the U.S., while Acoustics continued to benefit from new platforms, as vehicle production volumes were flat.  Despite these top-line challenges, we were able to deliver improved free cash flow through more effective working capital management.” Full-year 2016 results were net sales of $705.5 million, net loss of $77.7 million and diluted loss per share of $3.13. These results included pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $9.2 million. For full-year 2016, adjusted net loss was $7.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.24. Full-year Adjusted EBITDA was $64.2 million or 9.1 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities for full-year 2016 was $35.1 million and free cash flow was $11.7 million. In the first year of Jason’s global cost reduction and margin expansion program, actions taken and announced to-date will achieve $22 million in annual run-rate cost savings of the $30 million target to be achieved over three years. Global cost reduction program savings were $10 million in 2016. During 2016 Jason exited Finishing operations in Brazil and low-margin product lines in Components with approximately $20 million of non-core annual revenue. “While we faced significant headwinds in some of our end-markets during 2016, we successfully executed on actions to reduce our cost structure and exit non-core low margin business. We remain focused on operations in our key facilities to improve profitability and exceed quality and delivery commitments to our customers. Improvements in serving our customers have resulted in new platform opportunities and wins, and provide commercial traction heading into 2017,” added Kobylinski. Lower volumes in Components, Seating, and Finishing offset growth in Acoustics. Net sales of $158.8 million decreased $15.0 million, or 8.6 percent. Net sales were negatively impacted by $1.4 million, or 0.8 percent, of foreign currency translation and negative $3.6 million from the exit of non-core markets and product lines in Finishing and Components. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales decreased 5.8 percent. Net loss was $69.9 million including non-cash goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million, compared with net loss of $84.7 million including non-cash goodwill and intangibles impairment charges of $94.1 million in the prior year. Diluted loss per share was $2.69 compared with diluted loss per share of $3.20.  Adjusted net loss was $4.1 million compared with adjusted net income of $0.7 million. Adjusted loss per share was $0.14 compared with adjusted earnings per share of $0.02. Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million, or 6.6 percent of net sales, compared with $16.7 million, or 9.6 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $6.2 million on lower volumes in Components, Finishing, and Seating, and $1.0 million of corporate investments in supply chain initiatives.  Global cost reduction program savings of $2.4 million favorably impacted the quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities was $12.2 million, compared with $5.6 million. Capital expenditures were $3.7 million, a decrease of $5.2 million. Free cash flow was $7.7 million compared with negative $4.2 million driven by reductions in working capital and lower capital expenditures. Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA on a trailing twelve-month basis was 6.2x as of the end of the fourth quarter. Total liquidity as of the end of the fourth quarter was $89.3 million, comprised of $40.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $48.4 million of availability on revolving loan facilities globally. Seating Seating net sales of $32.1 million decreased $4.6 million, or 12.6 percent, negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.2 million, or 0.8 percent. Sales decreased on significantly lower volumes in heavyweight motorcycle. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.4 million, or 4.3 percent of net sales, compared with negative $0.4 million, or negative 1.1 percent of net sales. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA was impacted by a $1.0 million charge for excess and obsolete inventory in the prior year, current year improvements in operations, and lower selling and administrative expenses, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and unfavorable product mix. Finishing Finishing net sales of $44.3 million decreased $5.3 million, or 10.6 percent, including a negative foreign currency translation impact of $0.9 million, or 1.9 percent, and a negative $0.7 million, or 1.4% impact from the exit of a non-core market in Brazil. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 7.3 percent with lower volumes on softer global industrial demand. Adjusted EBITDA was $4.3 million, or 9.7 percent of net sales, compared with $5.5 million, or 11.2 percent of net sales, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and labor absorption. Acoustics Acoustics net sales of $61.0 million increased $1.7 million, or 2.9 percent, and were negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.1 million, or 0.2 percent. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, organic sales growth was 3.1 percent driven by increased volumes on new platform awards. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.4 million, or 10.5 percent of net sales, compared with $8.3 million, or 14.0 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased due to operational inefficiencies resulting in higher labor and material costs, and increased overhead. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $29.8 million was recorded in Acoustics due to lower growth expectations in part resulting from a projected decline in North American automotive end-markets. Components Net sales in Components of $21.3 million decreased $6.9 million, or 24.3 percent, including a negative $2.9 million, or 10.1 percent impact from the exit of non-core product lines upon closure of the Buffalo Grove facility in the fourth quarter.  Excluding the impact of non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 14.2 percent with lower volumes of rail car and industrial metal products, and increased volumes of smart utility meter components. Adjusted EBITDA was $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of net sales, compared with $5.0 million, or 17.9% of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively impacted by lower volumes. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $33.2 million was recorded in Components due to lower growth expectations primarily resulting from the current and projected cyclical decline in the rail car end-markets. “We have allocated resources and capital to focus on growing our core and simplifying our operations. We enter 2017 having recently exited a non-core Brazil market in Finishing, and with momentum to consolidate our footprint in Components. While we expect lower sales with on-going declines in some of our end markets, we are winning new business and right-sizing our cost structure and footprint to maintain our EBITDA and improve our margins,” added Kobylinski. “We will continue to drive free cash flow generation in our businesses to strengthen our balance sheet.” For 2017, Jason expects net sales in the range of $650 to $670 million and Adjusted EBITDA is expected in the range of $64 to $67 million. The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. A live webcast of the call may be accessed over the Internet from the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.jasoninc.com. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install the necessary audio applications. The conference call is also available by dialing 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). Participants should ask for the Jason Industries Fourth Quarter Earnings conference call. A replay of the live conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call. The replay will be available on the Company’s website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay passcode 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), March 9, 2017. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. About Jason Industries, Inc. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. Forward Looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “guidance,” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Such forward-looking statements include projected financial information. Such forward-looking statements with respect to revenues, earnings, performance, strategies, prospects and other aspects of the Company’s businesses are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the level of demand for the Company’s products; competition in the Company’s markets; the Company’s ability to grow and manage growth profitably; the Company’s ability to access additional capital; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you review and consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Non-GAAP and Other Company Information Included in this press release are certain non-GAAP financial measures designed to complement the financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America because management believes such measures are useful to investors. Because the Company’s calculations of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, you should be careful when comparing the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies. In this earnings release, we disclose the following non-GAAP financial measures, and we reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin - The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides a more clear picture of the Company’s operating results by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. The Company uses this metric to facilitate a comparison of operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period and to analyze the factors and trends affecting its segments. The Company’s internal plans, budgets and forecasts use Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric and the Company uses this measure to evaluate its operating performance and segment operating performance and to determine the level of incentive compensation paid to its employees. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share - The Company defines Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (calculated on a diluted basis) as net income and earnings per share (as defined by GAAP), excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense, net of their income tax impact. The tax rates used to calculate adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are based on a transaction specific basis. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. Management believes that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are useful in assessing the Company’s financial performance by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA - The Company defines Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA as current and long-term debt plus debt discounts less cash and cash equivalents, divided by pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve months.  Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as reported plus Adjusted EBITDA of acquisitions prior to the date of the acquisition during the trailing twelve months. Management believes that Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is useful in assessing the Company’s financial leverage. Free Cash Flow - The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash flows from operating activities (as defined by GAAP) less capital expenditures and cash dividends on preferred stock.  Management believes that Free Cash Flow is useful in assessing our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for strategic capital decisions. In addition to these non-GAAP financial measures, we also use the term “organic sales” to refer to GAAP net sales from existing operations excluding (i) sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition, (ii) sales from divested businesses or exited non-core businesses, and (iii) the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is calculated as the difference between (a) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) and (b) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) after applying current period average foreign exchange rates to the prior year period. We use the term “organic sales growth” to refer to the measure of comparing current period organic sales with the corresponding prior year period organic sales. *Note the consolidated first lien net leverage ratio under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities was 4.02x as of December 31, 2016. See Form 10-K for further discussion of the Company’s senior secured credit facilities. (1)  Charges in 2016 primarily relate to non-cash impairment of goodwill of $29.8 million and $33.2 million in the acoustics and components segments, respectively. Charges in 2015 represent non-cash impairment charges of $58.8 million and $35.3 million related to impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, respectively, in the seating segment. (2)  Restructuring includes costs associated with exit or disposal activities as defined by GAAP related to facility consolidation, including one-time employee termination benefits, costs to close facilities and relocate employees, and costs to terminate contracts other than capital leases. (3)  Transaction-related expenses primarily consist of professional service fees related to the Company’s acquisition and divestiture activities. (4)  During 2016, integration and other restructuring costs primarily includes costs incurred in connection with the start-up of a new acoustics segment facility in Richmond, Indiana and costs incurred in connection with the closure of Finishing operations in Brazil, and during the third quarter of 2016 includes a $0.6 million reversal of a reserve related to the Newcomerstown fire recorded in acquisition accounting for the business combination in 2014. During 2015, integration and other restructuring costs includes 1) equipment move costs and incremental facility preparation and related costs incurred in connection with the start-up of new acoustics segment facilities in Warrensburg, Missouri and Richmond, Indiana, and 2) $5.9 million of severance and expenses related to the transitions of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), partially offset by 3) a $0.8 million gain resulting from termination of an unfavorable lease recorded in acquisition accounting. Such costs are not included in restructuring for GAAP purposes. (5)  Represents non-cash share based compensation expense (income) for awards under the Company’s 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan. During the second quarter of 2016, share-based compensation includes $2.5 million of expense reversal as a result of the lowering of assumed vesting levels for Adjusted EBITDA performance share units. During 2015, share based compensation includes $2.9 million of expense due to accelerated vesting of RSU’s related to the transition of the Company’s CEO and CFO. (6)  Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility. (1)  The effective tax rate on adjustments is impacted by nondeductible foreign transaction and restructuring costs, nondeductible impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges in foreign jurisdictions at statutory tax rates, and discrete non-cash tax expense related to the vesting of restricted stock units for which no tax benefit will be realized. (2)  Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share-based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. (3)  In 2015, the Company did not exclude losses and gains on disposals of fixed assets from adjusted net income due to insignificance. Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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MILWAUKEE, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (NASDAQ:JASNW) (“Jason” or “the Company”) today reported fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $158.8 million, net loss of $69.9 million and diluted loss per share of $2.69. These results include pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $2.9 million. For fourth quarter 2016, adjusted net loss was $4.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.14. Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million or 6.6 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities during the quarter was $12.2 million and free cash flow was $7.7 million. “Volumes in our Seating and Components businesses were down significantly on lower motorcycle and rail car demand, in line with our expectations,” said Brian Kobylinski, chief executive officer of Jason. “Finishing continued to see lower general industrial demand in Europe and the U.S., while Acoustics continued to benefit from new platforms, as vehicle production volumes were flat.  Despite these top-line challenges, we were able to deliver improved free cash flow through more effective working capital management.” Full-year 2016 results were net sales of $705.5 million, net loss of $77.7 million and diluted loss per share of $3.13. These results included pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $9.2 million. For full-year 2016, adjusted net loss was $7.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.24. Full-year Adjusted EBITDA was $64.2 million or 9.1 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities for full-year 2016 was $35.1 million and free cash flow was $11.7 million. In the first year of Jason’s global cost reduction and margin expansion program, actions taken and announced to-date will achieve $22 million in annual run-rate cost savings of the $30 million target to be achieved over three years. Global cost reduction program savings were $10 million in 2016. During 2016 Jason exited Finishing operations in Brazil and low-margin product lines in Components with approximately $20 million of non-core annual revenue. “While we faced significant headwinds in some of our end-markets during 2016, we successfully executed on actions to reduce our cost structure and exit non-core low margin business. We remain focused on operations in our key facilities to improve profitability and exceed quality and delivery commitments to our customers. Improvements in serving our customers have resulted in new platform opportunities and wins, and provide commercial traction heading into 2017,” added Kobylinski. Lower volumes in Components, Seating, and Finishing offset growth in Acoustics. Net sales of $158.8 million decreased $15.0 million, or 8.6 percent. Net sales were negatively impacted by $1.4 million, or 0.8 percent, of foreign currency translation and negative $3.6 million from the exit of non-core markets and product lines in Finishing and Components. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales decreased 5.8 percent. Net loss was $69.9 million including non-cash goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million, compared with net loss of $84.7 million including non-cash goodwill and intangibles impairment charges of $94.1 million in the prior year. Diluted loss per share was $2.69 compared with diluted loss per share of $3.20.  Adjusted net loss was $4.1 million compared with adjusted net income of $0.7 million. Adjusted loss per share was $0.14 compared with adjusted earnings per share of $0.02. Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million, or 6.6 percent of net sales, compared with $16.7 million, or 9.6 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $6.2 million on lower volumes in Components, Finishing, and Seating, and $1.0 million of corporate investments in supply chain initiatives.  Global cost reduction program savings of $2.4 million favorably impacted the quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities was $12.2 million, compared with $5.6 million. Capital expenditures were $3.7 million, a decrease of $5.2 million. Free cash flow was $7.7 million compared with negative $4.2 million driven by reductions in working capital and lower capital expenditures. Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA on a trailing twelve-month basis was 6.2x as of the end of the fourth quarter. Total liquidity as of the end of the fourth quarter was $89.3 million, comprised of $40.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $48.4 million of availability on revolving loan facilities globally. Seating Seating net sales of $32.1 million decreased $4.6 million, or 12.6 percent, negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.2 million, or 0.8 percent. Sales decreased on significantly lower volumes in heavyweight motorcycle. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.4 million, or 4.3 percent of net sales, compared with negative $0.4 million, or negative 1.1 percent of net sales. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA was impacted by a $1.0 million charge for excess and obsolete inventory in the prior year, current year improvements in operations, and lower selling and administrative expenses, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and unfavorable product mix. Finishing Finishing net sales of $44.3 million decreased $5.3 million, or 10.6 percent, including a negative foreign currency translation impact of $0.9 million, or 1.9 percent, and a negative $0.7 million, or 1.4% impact from the exit of a non-core market in Brazil. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 7.3 percent with lower volumes on softer global industrial demand. Adjusted EBITDA was $4.3 million, or 9.7 percent of net sales, compared with $5.5 million, or 11.2 percent of net sales, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and labor absorption. Acoustics Acoustics net sales of $61.0 million increased $1.7 million, or 2.9 percent, and were negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.1 million, or 0.2 percent. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, organic sales growth was 3.1 percent driven by increased volumes on new platform awards. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.4 million, or 10.5 percent of net sales, compared with $8.3 million, or 14.0 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased due to operational inefficiencies resulting in higher labor and material costs, and increased overhead. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $29.8 million was recorded in Acoustics due to lower growth expectations in part resulting from a projected decline in North American automotive end-markets. Components Net sales in Components of $21.3 million decreased $6.9 million, or 24.3 percent, including a negative $2.9 million, or 10.1 percent impact from the exit of non-core product lines upon closure of the Buffalo Grove facility in the fourth quarter.  Excluding the impact of non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 14.2 percent with lower volumes of rail car and industrial metal products, and increased volumes of smart utility meter components. Adjusted EBITDA was $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of net sales, compared with $5.0 million, or 17.9% of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively impacted by lower volumes. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $33.2 million was recorded in Components due to lower growth expectations primarily resulting from the current and projected cyclical decline in the rail car end-markets. “We have allocated resources and capital to focus on growing our core and simplifying our operations. We enter 2017 having recently exited a non-core Brazil market in Finishing, and with momentum to consolidate our footprint in Components. While we expect lower sales with on-going declines in some of our end markets, we are winning new business and right-sizing our cost structure and footprint to maintain our EBITDA and improve our margins,” added Kobylinski. “We will continue to drive free cash flow generation in our businesses to strengthen our balance sheet.” For 2017, Jason expects net sales in the range of $650 to $670 million and Adjusted EBITDA is expected in the range of $64 to $67 million. The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. A live webcast of the call may be accessed over the Internet from the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.jasoninc.com. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install the necessary audio applications. The conference call is also available by dialing 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). Participants should ask for the Jason Industries Fourth Quarter Earnings conference call. A replay of the live conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call. The replay will be available on the Company’s website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay passcode 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), March 9, 2017. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. About Jason Industries, Inc. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. Forward Looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “guidance,” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Such forward-looking statements include projected financial information. Such forward-looking statements with respect to revenues, earnings, performance, strategies, prospects and other aspects of the Company’s businesses are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the level of demand for the Company’s products; competition in the Company’s markets; the Company’s ability to grow and manage growth profitably; the Company’s ability to access additional capital; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you review and consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Non-GAAP and Other Company Information Included in this press release are certain non-GAAP financial measures designed to complement the financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America because management believes such measures are useful to investors. Because the Company’s calculations of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, you should be careful when comparing the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies. In this earnings release, we disclose the following non-GAAP financial measures, and we reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin - The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides a more clear picture of the Company’s operating results by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. The Company uses this metric to facilitate a comparison of operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period and to analyze the factors and trends affecting its segments. The Company’s internal plans, budgets and forecasts use Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric and the Company uses this measure to evaluate its operating performance and segment operating performance and to determine the level of incentive compensation paid to its employees. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share - The Company defines Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (calculated on a diluted basis) as net income and earnings per share (as defined by GAAP), excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense, net of their income tax impact. The tax rates used to calculate adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are based on a transaction specific basis. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. Management believes that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are useful in assessing the Company’s financial performance by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA - The Company defines Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA as current and long-term debt plus debt discounts less cash and cash equivalents, divided by pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve months.  Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as reported plus Adjusted EBITDA of acquisitions prior to the date of the acquisition during the trailing twelve months. Management believes that Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is useful in assessing the Company’s financial leverage. Free Cash Flow - The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash flows from operating activities (as defined by GAAP) less capital expenditures and cash dividends on preferred stock.  Management believes that Free Cash Flow is useful in assessing our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for strategic capital decisions. In addition to these non-GAAP financial measures, we also use the term “organic sales” to refer to GAAP net sales from existing operations excluding (i) sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition, (ii) sales from divested businesses or exited non-core businesses, and (iii) the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is calculated as the difference between (a) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) and (b) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) after applying current period average foreign exchange rates to the prior year period. We use the term “organic sales growth” to refer to the measure of comparing current period organic sales with the corresponding prior year period organic sales. *Note the consolidated first lien net leverage ratio under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities was 4.02x as of December 31, 2016. See Form 10-K for further discussion of the Company’s senior secured credit facilities. (1)  Charges in 2016 primarily relate to non-cash impairment of goodwill of $29.8 million and $33.2 million in the acoustics and components segments, respectively. Charges in 2015 represent non-cash impairment charges of $58.8 million and $35.3 million related to impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, respectively, in the seating segment. (2)  Restructuring includes costs associated with exit or disposal activities as defined by GAAP related to facility consolidation, including one-time employee termination benefits, costs to close facilities and relocate employees, and costs to terminate contracts other than capital leases. (3)  Transaction-related expenses primarily consist of professional service fees related to the Company’s acquisition and divestiture activities. (4)  During 2016, integration and other restructuring costs primarily includes costs incurred in connection with the start-up of a new acoustics segment facility in Richmond, Indiana and costs incurred in connection with the closure of Finishing operations in Brazil, and during the third quarter of 2016 includes a $0.6 million reversal of a reserve related to the Newcomerstown fire recorded in acquisition accounting for the business combination in 2014. During 2015, integration and other restructuring costs includes 1) equipment move costs and incremental facility preparation and related costs incurred in connection with the start-up of new acoustics segment facilities in Warrensburg, Missouri and Richmond, Indiana, and 2) $5.9 million of severance and expenses related to the transitions of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), partially offset by 3) a $0.8 million gain resulting from termination of an unfavorable lease recorded in acquisition accounting. Such costs are not included in restructuring for GAAP purposes. (5)  Represents non-cash share based compensation expense (income) for awards under the Company’s 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan. During the second quarter of 2016, share-based compensation includes $2.5 million of expense reversal as a result of the lowering of assumed vesting levels for Adjusted EBITDA performance share units. During 2015, share based compensation includes $2.9 million of expense due to accelerated vesting of RSU’s related to the transition of the Company’s CEO and CFO. (6)  Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility. (1)  The effective tax rate on adjustments is impacted by nondeductible foreign transaction and restructuring costs, nondeductible impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges in foreign jurisdictions at statutory tax rates, and discrete non-cash tax expense related to the vesting of restricted stock units for which no tax benefit will be realized. (2)  Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share-based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. (3)  In 2015, the Company did not exclude losses and gains on disposals of fixed assets from adjusted net income due to insignificance. Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MILWAUKEE, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (NASDAQ:JASNW) (“Jason” or “the Company”) today reported fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $158.8 million, net loss of $69.9 million and diluted loss per share of $2.69. These results include pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $2.9 million. For fourth quarter 2016, adjusted net loss was $4.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.14. Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million or 6.6 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities during the quarter was $12.2 million and free cash flow was $7.7 million. “Volumes in our Seating and Components businesses were down significantly on lower motorcycle and rail car demand, in line with our expectations,” said Brian Kobylinski, chief executive officer of Jason. “Finishing continued to see lower general industrial demand in Europe and the U.S., while Acoustics continued to benefit from new platforms, as vehicle production volumes were flat.  Despite these top-line challenges, we were able to deliver improved free cash flow through more effective working capital management.” Full-year 2016 results were net sales of $705.5 million, net loss of $77.7 million and diluted loss per share of $3.13. These results included pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $9.2 million. For full-year 2016, adjusted net loss was $7.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.24. Full-year Adjusted EBITDA was $64.2 million or 9.1 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities for full-year 2016 was $35.1 million and free cash flow was $11.7 million. In the first year of Jason’s global cost reduction and margin expansion program, actions taken and announced to-date will achieve $22 million in annual run-rate cost savings of the $30 million target to be achieved over three years. Global cost reduction program savings were $10 million in 2016. During 2016 Jason exited Finishing operations in Brazil and low-margin product lines in Components with approximately $20 million of non-core annual revenue. “While we faced significant headwinds in some of our end-markets during 2016, we successfully executed on actions to reduce our cost structure and exit non-core low margin business. We remain focused on operations in our key facilities to improve profitability and exceed quality and delivery commitments to our customers. Improvements in serving our customers have resulted in new platform opportunities and wins, and provide commercial traction heading into 2017,” added Kobylinski. Lower volumes in Components, Seating, and Finishing offset growth in Acoustics. Net sales of $158.8 million decreased $15.0 million, or 8.6 percent. Net sales were negatively impacted by $1.4 million, or 0.8 percent, of foreign currency translation and negative $3.6 million from the exit of non-core markets and product lines in Finishing and Components. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales decreased 5.8 percent. Net loss was $69.9 million including non-cash goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million, compared with net loss of $84.7 million including non-cash goodwill and intangibles impairment charges of $94.1 million in the prior year. Diluted loss per share was $2.69 compared with diluted loss per share of $3.20.  Adjusted net loss was $4.1 million compared with adjusted net income of $0.7 million. Adjusted loss per share was $0.14 compared with adjusted earnings per share of $0.02. Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million, or 6.6 percent of net sales, compared with $16.7 million, or 9.6 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $6.2 million on lower volumes in Components, Finishing, and Seating, and $1.0 million of corporate investments in supply chain initiatives.  Global cost reduction program savings of $2.4 million favorably impacted the quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities was $12.2 million, compared with $5.6 million. Capital expenditures were $3.7 million, a decrease of $5.2 million. Free cash flow was $7.7 million compared with negative $4.2 million driven by reductions in working capital and lower capital expenditures. Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA on a trailing twelve-month basis was 6.2x as of the end of the fourth quarter. Total liquidity as of the end of the fourth quarter was $89.3 million, comprised of $40.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $48.4 million of availability on revolving loan facilities globally. Seating Seating net sales of $32.1 million decreased $4.6 million, or 12.6 percent, negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.2 million, or 0.8 percent. Sales decreased on significantly lower volumes in heavyweight motorcycle. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.4 million, or 4.3 percent of net sales, compared with negative $0.4 million, or negative 1.1 percent of net sales. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA was impacted by a $1.0 million charge for excess and obsolete inventory in the prior year, current year improvements in operations, and lower selling and administrative expenses, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and unfavorable product mix. Finishing Finishing net sales of $44.3 million decreased $5.3 million, or 10.6 percent, including a negative foreign currency translation impact of $0.9 million, or 1.9 percent, and a negative $0.7 million, or 1.4% impact from the exit of a non-core market in Brazil. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 7.3 percent with lower volumes on softer global industrial demand. Adjusted EBITDA was $4.3 million, or 9.7 percent of net sales, compared with $5.5 million, or 11.2 percent of net sales, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and labor absorption. Acoustics Acoustics net sales of $61.0 million increased $1.7 million, or 2.9 percent, and were negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.1 million, or 0.2 percent. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, organic sales growth was 3.1 percent driven by increased volumes on new platform awards. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.4 million, or 10.5 percent of net sales, compared with $8.3 million, or 14.0 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased due to operational inefficiencies resulting in higher labor and material costs, and increased overhead. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $29.8 million was recorded in Acoustics due to lower growth expectations in part resulting from a projected decline in North American automotive end-markets. Components Net sales in Components of $21.3 million decreased $6.9 million, or 24.3 percent, including a negative $2.9 million, or 10.1 percent impact from the exit of non-core product lines upon closure of the Buffalo Grove facility in the fourth quarter.  Excluding the impact of non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 14.2 percent with lower volumes of rail car and industrial metal products, and increased volumes of smart utility meter components. Adjusted EBITDA was $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of net sales, compared with $5.0 million, or 17.9% of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively impacted by lower volumes. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $33.2 million was recorded in Components due to lower growth expectations primarily resulting from the current and projected cyclical decline in the rail car end-markets. “We have allocated resources and capital to focus on growing our core and simplifying our operations. We enter 2017 having recently exited a non-core Brazil market in Finishing, and with momentum to consolidate our footprint in Components. While we expect lower sales with on-going declines in some of our end markets, we are winning new business and right-sizing our cost structure and footprint to maintain our EBITDA and improve our margins,” added Kobylinski. “We will continue to drive free cash flow generation in our businesses to strengthen our balance sheet.” For 2017, Jason expects net sales in the range of $650 to $670 million and Adjusted EBITDA is expected in the range of $64 to $67 million. The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. A live webcast of the call may be accessed over the Internet from the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.jasoninc.com. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install the necessary audio applications. The conference call is also available by dialing 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). Participants should ask for the Jason Industries Fourth Quarter Earnings conference call. A replay of the live conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call. The replay will be available on the Company’s website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay passcode 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), March 9, 2017. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. About Jason Industries, Inc. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. Forward Looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “guidance,” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Such forward-looking statements include projected financial information. Such forward-looking statements with respect to revenues, earnings, performance, strategies, prospects and other aspects of the Company’s businesses are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the level of demand for the Company’s products; competition in the Company’s markets; the Company’s ability to grow and manage growth profitably; the Company’s ability to access additional capital; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you review and consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Non-GAAP and Other Company Information Included in this press release are certain non-GAAP financial measures designed to complement the financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America because management believes such measures are useful to investors. Because the Company’s calculations of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, you should be careful when comparing the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies. In this earnings release, we disclose the following non-GAAP financial measures, and we reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin - The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides a more clear picture of the Company’s operating results by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. The Company uses this metric to facilitate a comparison of operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period and to analyze the factors and trends affecting its segments. The Company’s internal plans, budgets and forecasts use Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric and the Company uses this measure to evaluate its operating performance and segment operating performance and to determine the level of incentive compensation paid to its employees. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share - The Company defines Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (calculated on a diluted basis) as net income and earnings per share (as defined by GAAP), excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense, net of their income tax impact. The tax rates used to calculate adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are based on a transaction specific basis. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. Management believes that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are useful in assessing the Company’s financial performance by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA - The Company defines Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA as current and long-term debt plus debt discounts less cash and cash equivalents, divided by pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve months.  Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as reported plus Adjusted EBITDA of acquisitions prior to the date of the acquisition during the trailing twelve months. Management believes that Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is useful in assessing the Company’s financial leverage. Free Cash Flow - The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash flows from operating activities (as defined by GAAP) less capital expenditures and cash dividends on preferred stock.  Management believes that Free Cash Flow is useful in assessing our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for strategic capital decisions. In addition to these non-GAAP financial measures, we also use the term “organic sales” to refer to GAAP net sales from existing operations excluding (i) sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition, (ii) sales from divested businesses or exited non-core businesses, and (iii) the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is calculated as the difference between (a) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) and (b) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) after applying current period average foreign exchange rates to the prior year period. We use the term “organic sales growth” to refer to the measure of comparing current period organic sales with the corresponding prior year period organic sales. *Note the consolidated first lien net leverage ratio under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities was 4.02x as of December 31, 2016. See Form 10-K for further discussion of the Company’s senior secured credit facilities. (1)  Charges in 2016 primarily relate to non-cash impairment of goodwill of $29.8 million and $33.2 million in the acoustics and components segments, respectively. Charges in 2015 represent non-cash impairment charges of $58.8 million and $35.3 million related to impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, respectively, in the seating segment. (2)  Restructuring includes costs associated with exit or disposal activities as defined by GAAP related to facility consolidation, including one-time employee termination benefits, costs to close facilities and relocate employees, and costs to terminate contracts other than capital leases. (3)  Transaction-related expenses primarily consist of professional service fees related to the Company’s acquisition and divestiture activities. (4)  During 2016, integration and other restructuring costs primarily includes costs incurred in connection with the start-up of a new acoustics segment facility in Richmond, Indiana and costs incurred in connection with the closure of Finishing operations in Brazil, and during the third quarter of 2016 includes a $0.6 million reversal of a reserve related to the Newcomerstown fire recorded in acquisition accounting for the business combination in 2014. During 2015, integration and other restructuring costs includes 1) equipment move costs and incremental facility preparation and related costs incurred in connection with the start-up of new acoustics segment facilities in Warrensburg, Missouri and Richmond, Indiana, and 2) $5.9 million of severance and expenses related to the transitions of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), partially offset by 3) a $0.8 million gain resulting from termination of an unfavorable lease recorded in acquisition accounting. Such costs are not included in restructuring for GAAP purposes. (5)  Represents non-cash share based compensation expense (income) for awards under the Company’s 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan. During the second quarter of 2016, share-based compensation includes $2.5 million of expense reversal as a result of the lowering of assumed vesting levels for Adjusted EBITDA performance share units. During 2015, share based compensation includes $2.9 million of expense due to accelerated vesting of RSU’s related to the transition of the Company’s CEO and CFO. (6)  Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility. (1)  The effective tax rate on adjustments is impacted by nondeductible foreign transaction and restructuring costs, nondeductible impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges in foreign jurisdictions at statutory tax rates, and discrete non-cash tax expense related to the vesting of restricted stock units for which no tax benefit will be realized. (2)  Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share-based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. (3)  In 2015, the Company did not exclude losses and gains on disposals of fixed assets from adjusted net income due to insignificance. Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility.


MILWAUKEE, Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (Nasdaq:JASNW) (the "Company" or "Jason Industries") today announced the Company will release its fourth quarter 2016 results before the market opens on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Jason Industries will also hold a conference call to discuss the results at 10:00 am (Eastern Time) that day. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-3982 (domestic) or 1-201-493-6780 (international). A telephonic replay will be available approximately three hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921, or for international callers, 1-412-317-6671. The participant passcode for the live call and the replay is 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on March 9, 2017. Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the live conference call by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at investors.jasoninc.com. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. To learn more about Jason Industries, please visit our website, investors.jasoninc.com. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.


MILWAUKEE, Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (Nasdaq:JASNW) (the "Company" or "Jason Industries") today announced the Company will release its fourth quarter 2016 results before the market opens on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Jason Industries will also hold a conference call to discuss the results at 10:00 am (Eastern Time) that day. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-3982 (domestic) or 1-201-493-6780 (international). A telephonic replay will be available approximately three hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921, or for international callers, 1-412-317-6671. The participant passcode for the live call and the replay is 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on March 9, 2017. Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the live conference call by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at investors.jasoninc.com. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. To learn more about Jason Industries, please visit our website, investors.jasoninc.com. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.


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MILWAUKEE, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (NASDAQ:JASNW) (“Jason” or “the Company”) today reported fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $158.8 million, net loss of $69.9 million and diluted loss per share of $2.69. These results include pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $2.9 million. For fourth quarter 2016, adjusted net loss was $4.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.14. Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million or 6.6 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities during the quarter was $12.2 million and free cash flow was $7.7 million. “Volumes in our Seating and Components businesses were down significantly on lower motorcycle and rail car demand, in line with our expectations,” said Brian Kobylinski, chief executive officer of Jason. “Finishing continued to see lower general industrial demand in Europe and the U.S., while Acoustics continued to benefit from new platforms, as vehicle production volumes were flat.  Despite these top-line challenges, we were able to deliver improved free cash flow through more effective working capital management.” Full-year 2016 results were net sales of $705.5 million, net loss of $77.7 million and diluted loss per share of $3.13. These results included pre-tax goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million and restructuring and integration costs of $9.2 million. For full-year 2016, adjusted net loss was $7.1 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.24. Full-year Adjusted EBITDA was $64.2 million or 9.1 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities for full-year 2016 was $35.1 million and free cash flow was $11.7 million. In the first year of Jason’s global cost reduction and margin expansion program, actions taken and announced to-date will achieve $22 million in annual run-rate cost savings of the $30 million target to be achieved over three years. Global cost reduction program savings were $10 million in 2016. During 2016 Jason exited Finishing operations in Brazil and low-margin product lines in Components with approximately $20 million of non-core annual revenue. “While we faced significant headwinds in some of our end-markets during 2016, we successfully executed on actions to reduce our cost structure and exit non-core low margin business. We remain focused on operations in our key facilities to improve profitability and exceed quality and delivery commitments to our customers. Improvements in serving our customers have resulted in new platform opportunities and wins, and provide commercial traction heading into 2017,” added Kobylinski. Lower volumes in Components, Seating, and Finishing offset growth in Acoustics. Net sales of $158.8 million decreased $15.0 million, or 8.6 percent. Net sales were negatively impacted by $1.4 million, or 0.8 percent, of foreign currency translation and negative $3.6 million from the exit of non-core markets and product lines in Finishing and Components. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales decreased 5.8 percent. Net loss was $69.9 million including non-cash goodwill impairment charges of $63.3 million, compared with net loss of $84.7 million including non-cash goodwill and intangibles impairment charges of $94.1 million in the prior year. Diluted loss per share was $2.69 compared with diluted loss per share of $3.20.  Adjusted net loss was $4.1 million compared with adjusted net income of $0.7 million. Adjusted loss per share was $0.14 compared with adjusted earnings per share of $0.02. Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million, or 6.6 percent of net sales, compared with $16.7 million, or 9.6 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $6.2 million on lower volumes in Components, Finishing, and Seating, and $1.0 million of corporate investments in supply chain initiatives.  Global cost reduction program savings of $2.4 million favorably impacted the quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities was $12.2 million, compared with $5.6 million. Capital expenditures were $3.7 million, a decrease of $5.2 million. Free cash flow was $7.7 million compared with negative $4.2 million driven by reductions in working capital and lower capital expenditures. Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA on a trailing twelve-month basis was 6.2x as of the end of the fourth quarter. Total liquidity as of the end of the fourth quarter was $89.3 million, comprised of $40.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $48.4 million of availability on revolving loan facilities globally. Seating Seating net sales of $32.1 million decreased $4.6 million, or 12.6 percent, negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.2 million, or 0.8 percent. Sales decreased on significantly lower volumes in heavyweight motorcycle. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.4 million, or 4.3 percent of net sales, compared with negative $0.4 million, or negative 1.1 percent of net sales. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA was impacted by a $1.0 million charge for excess and obsolete inventory in the prior year, current year improvements in operations, and lower selling and administrative expenses, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and unfavorable product mix. Finishing Finishing net sales of $44.3 million decreased $5.3 million, or 10.6 percent, including a negative foreign currency translation impact of $0.9 million, or 1.9 percent, and a negative $0.7 million, or 1.4% impact from the exit of a non-core market in Brazil. Excluding the impact of foreign currency and non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 7.3 percent with lower volumes on softer global industrial demand. Adjusted EBITDA was $4.3 million, or 9.7 percent of net sales, compared with $5.5 million, or 11.2 percent of net sales, and was negatively impacted by lower volumes and labor absorption. Acoustics Acoustics net sales of $61.0 million increased $1.7 million, or 2.9 percent, and were negatively impacted by foreign currency translation of $0.1 million, or 0.2 percent. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, organic sales growth was 3.1 percent driven by increased volumes on new platform awards. Adjusted EBITDA was $6.4 million, or 10.5 percent of net sales, compared with $8.3 million, or 14.0 percent of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased due to operational inefficiencies resulting in higher labor and material costs, and increased overhead. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $29.8 million was recorded in Acoustics due to lower growth expectations in part resulting from a projected decline in North American automotive end-markets. Components Net sales in Components of $21.3 million decreased $6.9 million, or 24.3 percent, including a negative $2.9 million, or 10.1 percent impact from the exit of non-core product lines upon closure of the Buffalo Grove facility in the fourth quarter.  Excluding the impact of non-core exit, organic sales growth was negative 14.2 percent with lower volumes of rail car and industrial metal products, and increased volumes of smart utility meter components. Adjusted EBITDA was $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of net sales, compared with $5.0 million, or 17.9% of net sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively impacted by lower volumes. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $33.2 million was recorded in Components due to lower growth expectations primarily resulting from the current and projected cyclical decline in the rail car end-markets. “We have allocated resources and capital to focus on growing our core and simplifying our operations. We enter 2017 having recently exited a non-core Brazil market in Finishing, and with momentum to consolidate our footprint in Components. While we expect lower sales with on-going declines in some of our end markets, we are winning new business and right-sizing our cost structure and footprint to maintain our EBITDA and improve our margins,” added Kobylinski. “We will continue to drive free cash flow generation in our businesses to strengthen our balance sheet.” For 2017, Jason expects net sales in the range of $650 to $670 million and Adjusted EBITDA is expected in the range of $64 to $67 million. The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. A live webcast of the call may be accessed over the Internet from the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.jasoninc.com. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install the necessary audio applications. The conference call is also available by dialing 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). Participants should ask for the Jason Industries Fourth Quarter Earnings conference call. A replay of the live conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call. The replay will be available on the Company’s website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay passcode 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), March 9, 2017. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. About Jason Industries, Inc. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. Forward Looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “guidance,” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Such forward-looking statements include projected financial information. Such forward-looking statements with respect to revenues, earnings, performance, strategies, prospects and other aspects of the Company’s businesses are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the level of demand for the Company’s products; competition in the Company’s markets; the Company’s ability to grow and manage growth profitably; the Company’s ability to access additional capital; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you review and consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Non-GAAP and Other Company Information Included in this press release are certain non-GAAP financial measures designed to complement the financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America because management believes such measures are useful to investors. Because the Company’s calculations of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, you should be careful when comparing the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies. In this earnings release, we disclose the following non-GAAP financial measures, and we reconcile these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Earnings Per Share, Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin - The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides a more clear picture of the Company’s operating results by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. The Company uses this metric to facilitate a comparison of operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period and to analyze the factors and trends affecting its segments. The Company’s internal plans, budgets and forecasts use Adjusted EBITDA as a key metric and the Company uses this measure to evaluate its operating performance and segment operating performance and to determine the level of incentive compensation paid to its employees. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share - The Company defines Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (calculated on a diluted basis) as net income and earnings per share (as defined by GAAP), excluding the impact of operational restructuring charges and non-cash or non-operational losses or gains, including goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges, gains or losses on disposal of property, plant and equipment, integration and other operational restructuring charges, transactional legal fees, other professional fees, purchase accounting adjustments, and non-cash share based compensation expense, net of their income tax impact. The tax rates used to calculate adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are based on a transaction specific basis. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. Management believes that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are useful in assessing the Company’s financial performance by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance. Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA - The Company defines Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA as current and long-term debt plus debt discounts less cash and cash equivalents, divided by pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve months.  Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as reported plus Adjusted EBITDA of acquisitions prior to the date of the acquisition during the trailing twelve months. Management believes that Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is useful in assessing the Company’s financial leverage. Free Cash Flow - The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash flows from operating activities (as defined by GAAP) less capital expenditures and cash dividends on preferred stock.  Management believes that Free Cash Flow is useful in assessing our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for strategic capital decisions. In addition to these non-GAAP financial measures, we also use the term “organic sales” to refer to GAAP net sales from existing operations excluding (i) sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition, (ii) sales from divested businesses or exited non-core businesses, and (iii) the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is calculated as the difference between (a) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) and (b) the period-to-period change in results (excluding acquisitions, divestitures, and exited non-core businesses) after applying current period average foreign exchange rates to the prior year period. We use the term “organic sales growth” to refer to the measure of comparing current period organic sales with the corresponding prior year period organic sales. *Note the consolidated first lien net leverage ratio under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities was 4.02x as of December 31, 2016. See Form 10-K for further discussion of the Company’s senior secured credit facilities. (1)  Charges in 2016 primarily relate to non-cash impairment of goodwill of $29.8 million and $33.2 million in the acoustics and components segments, respectively. Charges in 2015 represent non-cash impairment charges of $58.8 million and $35.3 million related to impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, respectively, in the seating segment. (2)  Restructuring includes costs associated with exit or disposal activities as defined by GAAP related to facility consolidation, including one-time employee termination benefits, costs to close facilities and relocate employees, and costs to terminate contracts other than capital leases. (3)  Transaction-related expenses primarily consist of professional service fees related to the Company’s acquisition and divestiture activities. (4)  During 2016, integration and other restructuring costs primarily includes costs incurred in connection with the start-up of a new acoustics segment facility in Richmond, Indiana and costs incurred in connection with the closure of Finishing operations in Brazil, and during the third quarter of 2016 includes a $0.6 million reversal of a reserve related to the Newcomerstown fire recorded in acquisition accounting for the business combination in 2014. During 2015, integration and other restructuring costs includes 1) equipment move costs and incremental facility preparation and related costs incurred in connection with the start-up of new acoustics segment facilities in Warrensburg, Missouri and Richmond, Indiana, and 2) $5.9 million of severance and expenses related to the transitions of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), partially offset by 3) a $0.8 million gain resulting from termination of an unfavorable lease recorded in acquisition accounting. Such costs are not included in restructuring for GAAP purposes. (5)  Represents non-cash share based compensation expense (income) for awards under the Company’s 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan. During the second quarter of 2016, share-based compensation includes $2.5 million of expense reversal as a result of the lowering of assumed vesting levels for Adjusted EBITDA performance share units. During 2015, share based compensation includes $2.9 million of expense due to accelerated vesting of RSU’s related to the transition of the Company’s CEO and CFO. (6)  Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility. (1)  The effective tax rate on adjustments is impacted by nondeductible foreign transaction and restructuring costs, nondeductible impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges in foreign jurisdictions at statutory tax rates, and discrete non-cash tax expense related to the vesting of restricted stock units for which no tax benefit will be realized. (2)  Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact of share-based compensation to the extent it is dilutive in each period. Adjusted earnings per share includes the impact to Jason Industries common shares upon conversion of JPHI Holdings Inc. rollover shares and conversion of preferred stock. (3)  In 2015, the Company did not exclude losses and gains on disposals of fixed assets from adjusted net income due to insignificance. Loss (gain) on disposals of fixed assets for the first quarter of 2016 includes a loss of $0.6 million on the sale of a seating segment facility.


MILWAUKEE, Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (Nasdaq:JASNW) (the "Company" or "Jason Industries") today announced the Company will release its fourth quarter 2016 results before the market opens on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Jason Industries will also hold a conference call to discuss the results at 10:00 am (Eastern Time) that day. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-3982 (domestic) or 1-201-493-6780 (international). A telephonic replay will be available approximately three hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921, or for international callers, 1-412-317-6671. The participant passcode for the live call and the replay is 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on March 9, 2017. Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the live conference call by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at investors.jasoninc.com. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. To learn more about Jason Industries, please visit our website, investors.jasoninc.com. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.


MILWAUKEE, Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (Nasdaq:JASNW) (the "Company" or "Jason Industries") today announced the Company will release its fourth quarter 2016 results before the market opens on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Jason Industries will also hold a conference call to discuss the results at 10:00 am (Eastern Time) that day. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-3982 (domestic) or 1-201-493-6780 (international). A telephonic replay will be available approximately three hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921, or for international callers, 1-412-317-6671. The participant passcode for the live call and the replay is 13642137. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on March 9, 2017. Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the live conference call by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at investors.jasoninc.com. The online replay will be available on the website immediately following the call. To learn more about Jason Industries, please visit our website, investors.jasoninc.com. The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including DRONCO (Wunsiedel, Germany), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,400 people in 14 countries. To learn more, please visit www.jasoninc.com.

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