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IEC Announces Fiscal 2017 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

NEWARK, NY--(Marketwired - December 06, 2017) - IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE American: IEC) today announced results for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2017.

IEC reported revenues of $27.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 compared with revenues of $28.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was 12.6% as compared to 11.5% in the same quarter last year. Selling and administrative expenses decreased on a dollar basis and as a percentage of sales to $2.5 million or 9.0% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 as compared to $2.8 million or 9.9% of sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The Company recorded net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 of $0.8 million or $0.07 per share, compared to net income of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per share, in the same quarter last year.

Revenues for fiscal 2017 decreased to $96.5 million as compared to $127.0 million in fiscal 2016. Gross profit margin for fiscal 2017 was 11.7% as compared to 16.0% in fiscal 2016. Selling and administrative expenses decreased on a dollar basis and as a percentage of sales to $10.2 million or 10.6% in fiscal 2017 as compared to $14.0 million or 11.1% of sales in fiscal 2016. Net income for fiscal 2017 was $81 thousand or $0.01 per share, compared to net income of $4.8 million or $0.47 per share, in the prior fiscal year.

Jeffrey T. Schlarbaum, President and CEO of IEC Electronics commented, "As expected, we saw improvements in our results in the second half of fiscal 2017 compared to the first half of this fiscal year. Both revenue and profitability increased in the second half of the fiscal year and we exited fiscal 2017 largely where we anticipated. During the second half of the fiscal year, one of the two customers that had experienced volume contraction started to ramp back up. In addition, we have continued to on-board new customers and new programs from existing customers as a direct result of our focus on strengthening our new business pipeline."

Mr. Schlarbaum continued, "Our fourth quarter and our fiscal year end results also reflect our ongoing focus on controlling costs. Our balance sheet remains strong, providing us financial flexibility for future business investments. IEC's solid reputation as a leading provider of electronic manufacturing solutions for the production of life-saving and mission critical products continues to be a competitive advantage that we will leverage to drive growth and profitability throughout 2018."

Conference Call:

IEC will host a conference call, today, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its financial results for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

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

A replay of the teleconference will be available for 30 days after the call and may be accessed domestically by dialing (877) 481-4010 and international callers may dial (919) 882-2331. Callers must enter conference i.d. number 22678.

To access the live webcast, log onto the IEC website at http://www.iec-electronics.com. The webcast can also be accessed at http://www.InvestorCalendar.com. An online replay will be available shortly after the call.

About IEC Electronics

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

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

References in this report to "IEC," the "Company," "we," "our," or "us" mean IEC Electronics Corp. and its subsidiaries except where the context otherwise requires. This release contains forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "could," "intends," "targets," "optimistic," "projects," "contemplates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar words or phrases. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future sales and operating results, future prospects, the capabilities and capacities of business operations, any financial or other guidance and all statements that are not based on historical fact, but rather reflect our current expectations concerning future results and events. The ultimate correctness of these forward-looking statements is dependent upon a number of known and unknown risks and events and is subject to various uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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

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

                            IEC ELECTRONICS CORP.                           
                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                        
                         SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 and 2016                        
              (in thousands, except share and per share data)               
                                               September 30,   September 30,
                                                    2017            2016    
                                               -------------   -------------
Current assets:                                                             
  Cash                                         $          —    $        845 
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance              17,887          17,140 
  Inventories                                        15,605          15,384 
  Assets held for sale                                    —           4,611 
  Other current assets                                1,018           1,214 
                                               -------------   -------------
Total current assets                                 34,510          39,194 
Property, plant and equipment, net                   17,777          10,994 
Other long term assets                                  160             209 
                                               -------------   -------------
Total assets                                   $     52,447    $     50,397 
                                               =============   =============
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                        
Current liabilities:                                                        
  Current portion of long-term debt            $        987    $      2,908 
  Current portion of capital lease                                          
   obligation                                           215               — 
  Accounts payable                                   13,046          10,864 
  Accrued payroll and related expenses                1,013           3,365 
  Other accrued expenses                                444             529 
  Customer deposits                                   1,611           1,756 
                                               -------------   -------------
Total current liabilities                            17,316          19,422 
Long-term debt                                       14,023          16,732 
Long-term capital lease obligation                    5,362               — 
Other long-term liabilities                           1,317             379 
                                               -------------   -------------
Total liabilities                                    38,018          36,533 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                        
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value:                         —               — 
  500,000 shares authorized; none issued or                                 
Common stock, $0.01 par value:                                              
  Authorized 50,000,000 shares                                              
  Issued: 11,252,566 and 11,215,616 shares,                                 
  Outstanding: 10,197,078 and 10,160,128                                    
   shares, respectively                                 102             102 
Additional paid-in capital                           46,789          46,305 
Accumulated deficit                                 (30,873)        (30,954)
Treasury stock, at cost: 1,055,488 shares            (1,589)         (1,589)
                                               -------------   -------------
Total stockholders' equity                           14,429          13,864 
                                               -------------   -------------
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $     52,447    $     50,397 
                                               =============   =============
                            IEC ELECTRONICS CORP.                           
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS                   
          THREE and TWELVE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 and 2016         
              (in thousands, except share and per share data)               
                          Three Months Ended             Years Ended        
                     --------------------------- ---------------------------
                     September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
                          2017          2016          2017          2016    
                     ------------- ------------- ------------- -------------
Net sales            $     27,623  $     28,420  $     96,455  $    127,010 
Cost of sales              24,148        25,150        85,198       106,723 
                     ------------- ------------- ------------- -------------
  Gross profit              3,475         3,270        11,257        20,287 
Selling and                                                                 
 expenses                   2,491         2,817        10,197        14,039 
                     ------------- ------------- ------------- -------------
  Operating profit            984           453         1,060         6,248 
Interest expense              210           201           917         1,392 
  Income before                                                             
   income taxes               774           252           143         4,856 
Provision for income                                                        
 taxes                         19            76            62            70 
                     ------------- ------------- ------------- -------------
Net income           $        755  $        176  $         81  $      4,786 
Net income per common share:                                                
  Basic              $       0.07  $       0.02  $       0.01  $       0.47 
  Diluted            $       0.07  $       0.02  $       0.01  $       0.47 
Weighted average number of shares                                           
  Basic                10,197,424    10,212,506    10,181,868    10,211,210 
  Diluted              10,271,493    10,212,506    10,181,868    10,211,210 

Michael T. Williams
Chief Financial Officer
IEC Electronics Corp.
(315) 332-4559

Audra Gavelis
Director of Marketing & Investor Relations
IEC Electronics Corp.
(315) 332-4324

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