Knowles Reports Q3 2020 Financial Results and Provides Outlook for Q4 2020

Better-Than-Expected Q3 Sales Driven by Audio

Cash From Operations of $28 Million in Q3

Expect Q4 Revenue to Increase 6 Percent Sequentially at Midpoint of Guidance

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN), a market leader and global provider of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device solutions, today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

"We delivered 35 percent sequential sales growth driven by stronger-than-expected MEMS microphone demand in multiple end markets and higher-than-expected shipments into the hearing health market," said Jeffrey Niew, president and CEO of Knowles. "Q3 non-GAAP earnings were above the high end of our guidance range and we continued to deliver strong cash from operations. The combination of solid execution across our business units and improving demand across most of our end markets has put us in a stronger position in the second half of a challenging 2020."

"As we look to Q4, I anticipate another quarter of sequential growth in revenue, earnings and cash flow driven by increased MEMS microphone and hearing health demand. Knowles remains uniquely positioned across the markets we serve and I believe our strategy to deliver high value, differentiated solutions to a diverse set of growing end markets positions us well to drive future growth," continued Niew.

Financial Highlights

The following table highlights the Company’s financial performance on both a GAAP and supplemental non-GAAP basis for continuing operations (in millions, except per share data):

Q3FY20

Q2FY20

Q3FY19

Revenues

$205.8

$152.2

$235.9

Gross profit

(as a % of revenues)

$75.2

36.5%

$47.8

31.4%

$93.5

39.6%

Non-GAAP gross profit

(as a % of revenues)

$75.6

36.7%

$49.1

32.3%

$94.7

40.1%

Diluted earnings (loss) per share*

$0.06

$(0.21)

$0.27

Non-GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share

$0.24

$(0.01)

$0.38

* Current period results include $7.6 million in impairment charges, $4.8 million in stock-based compensation, and $3.3 million in intangibles amortization expense.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Outlook

The forward looking guidance for the quarter ending December 31, 2020 on a continuing operations basis is as follows:

GAAP

Adjustments

Non-GAAP

Revenues

$210 to $225 million

-

$210 to $225 million

Gross Profit Margin

35.0% to 37.0%

1.0%

36.0% to 38.0%

EPS

$0.19 to $0.25

$0.08

$0.27 to $0.33

Q4 2020 GAAP results are expected to include approximately $0.05 per share in stock-based compensation and $0.03 per share in amortization of intangibles and debt discount.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the GAAP results included in this press release, Knowles has presented supplemental non-GAAP gross profit, earnings before interest and income taxes, adjusted earnings before interest and income taxes, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, as well as other metrics on a non-GAAP basis that exclude certain amounts that are included in the most directly comparable GAAP measure to facilitate evaluation of Knowles’ operating performance. Non-GAAP results are not presented in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP information should be considered a supplement to, and not a substitute for, financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release do not have standard meanings and may vary from similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Knowles believes that non-GAAP measures are useful as supplements to its GAAP results of operations to evaluate certain aspects of its operations and financial performance, and its management team primarily focuses on non-GAAP items in evaluating Knowles’ performance for business planning purposes. Knowles also believes that these measures assist it with comparing its performance between various reporting periods on a consistent basis, as these measures remove from operating results the impact of items that, in Knowles’ opinion, do not reflect its core operating performance including, for example, stock-based compensation, certain intangibles amortization expense, impairment charges, restructuring, production transfer costs, and other charges which management considers to be outside our core operating results. Knowles believes that its presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is useful because it provides investors and securities analysts with the same information that Knowles uses internally for purposes of assessing its core operating performance. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, see the reconciliation table accompanying this release.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Investors can listen to a live or replay webcast of the Company’s quarterly financial conference call at http://investor.knowles.com. The live webcast will begin today at 3:30 p.m. Central time. The webcast replay will be available after 7:00 p.m. Central time today.

Investors can also listen to the conference call at 3:30 p.m. Central time today by calling (844) 589-0917 (United States) or (647) 253-8649 (International). The conference call replay will be available after 7:00 p.m. Central time today through 11:59 p.m. Central time on November 5, 2020 at (800) 585-8367 (United States) or (416) 621-4642 (International). The conference ID is 5867752.

About Knowles

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global provider of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and precision device solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medtech, defense, automotive, and industrial markets. Knowles uses its leading position in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones and strong capabilities in audio processing technologies to optimize audio systems and improve the user experience in mobile, ear, and IoT applications. Knowles is also the leader in acoustic components, high-end capacitors, and mmWave RF solutions for a diverse set of markets. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, proprietary manufacturing techniques, rigorous testing, and global scale, enables it to deliver innovative solutions that optimize the user experience. Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles is a global organization with employees in over a dozen countries. The company continues to invest in high value solutions to diversify its revenue and increase exposure to high growth markets. For more information, visit knowles.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements about our future financial performance, our continued business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and expectations for continued investments. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "budget," "continue," "could," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "seek," "should," "will," "would," "objective," "forecast," "goal," "guidance," "outlook," "effort," "target," and similar expressions, among others, generally identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statements were made. The statements in this news release are based on currently available information and the current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions of Knowles’ management concerning risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those outcomes or results that are projected, anticipated, or implied in these statements, including risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental responses to it, including but not limited to, the impact on our supply chain, customer demand, and costs associated with our operations. Other risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: unforeseen changes in MEMS microphone demand from our largest customers, in particular, two North American, a Korean, and Chinese OEM customers; our ongoing ability to execute our strategy to diversify our end markets and customers; our ability to stem or overcome price erosion in our segments; fluctuations in our stock's market price; fluctuations in operating results and cash flows; our ability to prevent or identify quality issues in our products or to promptly remedy any such issues that are identified; the timing of OEM product launches; risks associated with increasing our inventories in advance of anticipated orders by customers; global economic instability; the impact of changes to laws and regulations that affect the Company’s ability to offer products or services to customers in different regions; risks associated with shareholder activism, including proxy contests; our ability to achieve continued reductions in our operating expenses; the ability to qualify our products and facilities with customers; our ability to obtain, enforce, defend or monetize our intellectual property rights; difficulties or delays in and/or the Company’s inability to realize expected cost synergies from its acquisitions; increases in the costs of critical raw materials and components; availability of raw materials and components; managing new product ramps and introductions for our customers; our dependence on a limited number of large customers; our ability to maintain and expand our existing relationships with leading OEMs in order to maintain and increase our revenue; increasing competition and new entrants in the market for our products; our ability to develop new or enhanced products or technologies in a timely manner that achieve market acceptance; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, and test our products and sub-components; escalating international trade tensions, new or increased tariffs and trade wars among countries; financial risks, including risks relating to currency fluctuations, credit risks and fluctuations in the market value of the Company; market risk associated with fluctuations in commodity prices, particularly for various precious metals used in our manufacturing operation, and changes in tax laws, changes in tax rates and exposure to additional tax liabilities; and other risks, relevant factors, and uncertainties identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, subsequent Reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K and our other filings we make with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Knowles disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

INVESTOR SUPPLEMENT - THIRD QUARTER 2020

KNOWLES CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Quarter Ended

September 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

September 30, 2019

Revenues

$

205.8

$

152.2

$

235.9

Cost of goods sold

130.6

103.5

142.3

Restructuring charges - cost of goods sold

-

0.9

0.1

Gross profit

75.2

47.8

93.5

Research and development expenses

21.9

22.6

23.4

Selling and administrative expenses

32.0

31.1

34.6

Impairment charges

7.6

-

-

Restructuring charges

0.1

6.5

1.9

Operating expenses

61.6

60.2

59.9

Operating earnings (loss)

13.6

(12.4

)

33.6

Interest expense, net

4.7

4.1

3.8

Other expense (income), net

1.0

1.9

(0.6

)

Earnings (loss) before income taxes and discontinued operations

7.9

(18.4

)

30.4

Provision for income taxes

2.3

1.1

5.0

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

5.6

(19.5

)

25.4

Earnings from discontinued operations, net

-

-

-

Net earnings (loss)

$

5.6

$

(19.5

)

$

25.4

Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations:

Basic

$

0.06

$

(0.21

)

$

0.28

Diluted

$

0.06

$

(0.21

)

$

0.27

Earnings per share from discontinued operations:

Basic

$

-

$

-

$

-

Diluted

$

-

$

-

$

-

Net earnings (loss) per share:

Basic

$

0.06

$

(0.21

)

$

0.28

Diluted

$

0.06

$

(0.21

)

$

0.27

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic

91,688,765

91,589,156

91,398,539

Diluted

92,473,318

91,589,156

93,859,446

KNOWLES CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2019

Revenues

$

521.1

$

620.9

Cost of goods sold

339.6

381.5

Restructuring charges - cost of goods sold

2.3

1.0

Gross profit

179.2

238.4

Research and development expenses

70.2

73.1

Selling and administrative expenses

99.3

111.1

Impairment charges

7.6

-

Restructuring charges

10.5

3.8

Operating expenses

187.6

188.0

Operating (loss) earnings

(8.4

)

50.4

Interest expense, net

12.5

10.9

Other expense (income), net

0.2

(0.1

)

(Loss) earnings before income taxes and discontinued operations

(21.1

)

39.6

Provision for income taxes

5.6

11.0

(Loss) earnings from continuing operations

(26.7

)

28.6

Earnings from discontinued operations, net

3.7

-

Net (loss) earnings

$

(23.0

)

$

28.6

(Loss) earnings per share from continuing operations:

Basic

$

(0.29

)

$

0.31

Diluted

$

(0.29

)

$

0.31

Earnings per share from discontinued operations:

Basic

$

0.04

$

-

Diluted

$

0.04

$

-

Net (loss) earnings per share:

Basic

$

(0.25

)

$

0.31

Diluted

$

(0.25

)

$

0.31

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic

91,707,702

90,988,468

Diluted

91,707,702

92,655,874

KNOWLES CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (1)

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Quarter Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,
2020

June 30,
2020

September 30,
2019

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2019

Gross profit

$

75.2

$

47.8

$

93.5

$

179.2

$

238.4

Gross profit as % of revenues

36.5

%

31.4

%

39.6

%

34.4

%

38.4

%

Stock-based compensation expense

0.4

0.4

0.4

1.3

1.2

Restructuring charges

-

0.9

0.1

2.3

1.0

Production transfer costs (2)

-

-

0.7

0.1

2.1

Non-GAAP gross profit

$

75.6

$

49.1

$

94.7

$

182.9

$

242.7

Non-GAAP gross profit as % of revenues

36.7

%

32.3

%

40.1

%

35.1

%

39.1

%

Research and development expenses

$

21.9

$

22.6

$

23.4

$

70.2

$

73.1

Stock-based compensation expense

(1.2

)

(1.4

)

(1.5

)

(5.0

)

(5.9

)

Intangibles amortization expense

(1.4

)

(1.4

)

-

(4.2

)

-

Non-GAAP research and development expenses

$

19.3

$

19.8

$

21.9

$

61.0

$

67.2

Selling and administrative expenses

$

32.0

$

31.1

$

34.6

$

99.3

$

111.1

Stock-based compensation expense

(3.2

)

(2.3

)

(3.3

)

(6.1

)

(12.1

)

Intangibles amortization expense

(1.9

)

(1.8

)

(1.8

)

(5.6

)

(5.3

)

Other (3)

(0.4

)

(0.2

)

(0.4

)

(0.8

)

(5.2

)

Non-GAAP selling and administrative expenses

$

26.5

$

26.8

$

29.1

$

86.8

$

88.5

Operating expenses

$

61.6

$

60.2

$

59.9

$

187.6

$

188.0

Stock-based compensation expense

(4.4

)

(3.7

)

(4.8

)

(11.1

)

(18.0

)

Intangibles amortization expense

(3.3

)

(3.2

)

(1.8

)

(9.8

)

(5.3

)

Impairment charges

(7.6

)

-

-

(7.6

)

-

Restructuring charges

(0.1

)

(6.5

)

(1.9

)

(10.5

)

(3.8

)

Other (3)

(0.4

)

(0.2

)

(0.4

)

(0.8

)

(5.2

)

Non-GAAP operating expenses

$

45.8

$

46.6

$

51.0

$

147.8

$

155.7

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

$

5.6

$

(19.5

)

$

25.4

$

(26.7

)

$

28.6

Interest expense, net

4.7

4.1

3.8

12.5

10.9

Provision for income taxes

2.3

1.1

5.0

5.6

11.0

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before interest and income taxes

12.6

(14.3

)

34.2

(8.6

)

50.5

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before interest and income taxes as % of revenues

6.1

%

-9.4

%

14.5

%

-1.7

%

8.1

%

Stock-based compensation expense

4.8

4.1

5.2

12.4

19.2

Intangibles amortization expense

3.3

3.2

1.8

9.8

5.3

Impairment charges

7.6

-

-

7.6

-

Restructuring charges

0.1

7.4

2.0

12.8

4.8

Production transfer costs (2)

-

-

0.7

0.1

2.1

Other (3)

0.4

0.2

0.4

0.8

5.2

Adjusted earnings from continuing operations before interest and income taxes

$

28.8

$

0.6

$

44.3

$

34.9

$

87.1

Adjusted earnings from continuing operations before interest and income taxes as % of revenues

14.0

%

0.4

%

18.8

%

6.7

%

14.0

%

Interest expense, net

$

4.7

$

4.1

$

3.8

$

12.5

$

10.9

Interest expense, net non-GAAP reconciling adjustments (4)

1.9

1.8

1.7

5.5

5.1

Non-GAAP interest expense

$

2.8

$

2.3

$

2.1

$

7.0

$

5.8

Provision for income taxes

$

2.3

$

1.1

$

5.0

$

5.6

$

11.0

Income tax effects of non-GAAP reconciling adjustments (5)

1.4

(1.6

)

1.4

(2.0

)

2.0

Non-GAAP provision for (benefit from) income taxes

$

3.7

$

(0.5

)

$

6.4

$

3.6

$

13.0

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations

$

5.6

$

(19.5

)

$

25.4

$

(26.7

)

$

28.6

Non-GAAP reconciling adjustments (6)

16.2

14.9

10.1

43.5

36.6

Interest expense, net non-GAAP reconciling adjustments (4)

1.9

1.8

1.7

5.5

5.1

Income tax effects of non-GAAP reconciling adjustments (5)

1.4

(1.6

)

1.4

(2.0

)

2.0

Non-GAAP net earnings (loss)

$

22.3

$

(1.2

)

$

35.8

$

24.3

$

68.3

Diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations

$

0.06

$

(0.21

)

$

0.27

$

(0.29

)

$

0.31

Earnings per share non-GAAP reconciling adjustment

0.18

0.20

0.11

0.55

0.41

Non-GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

0.24

$

(0.01

)

$

0.38

$

0.26

$

0.72

Diluted average shares outstanding

92,473,318

91,589,156

93,859,446

91,707,702

92,655,874

Non-GAAP adjustment (7)

1,574,586

-

1,383,876

2,728,712

1,880,547

Non-GAAP diluted average shares outstanding (7)

94,047,904

91,589,156

95,243,322

94,436,414

94,536,421

Notes:

(1) In addition to the GAAP financial measures included herein, Knowles has presented certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain amounts that are included in the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Knowles believes that non-GAAP measures are useful as supplements to its GAAP results of operations to evaluate certain aspects of its operations and financial performance, and its management team primarily focuses on non-GAAP items in evaluating Knowles' performance for business planning purposes. Knowles also believes that these measures assist it with comparing its performance between various reporting periods on a consistent basis, as these measures remove from operating results the impact of items that, in Knowles' opinion, do not reflect its core operating performance. Knowles believes that its presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is useful because it provides investors and securities analysts with the same information that Knowles uses internally for purposes of assessing its core operating performance.

(2) Production transfer costs represent duplicate costs incurred to migrate manufacturing to facilities primarily in Asia. These amounts are included in the corresponding Gross profit and Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before interest and income taxes for each period presented.

(3) In 2020, Other expenses represent the ongoing net lease cost (income) related to facilities not used in operations and expenses related to shareholder activism. In 2019, Other expenses represent expenses related to shareholder activism and the acquisition of DITF Interconnect Technology, Inc. by the Precision Devices segment.

(4) Under GAAP, certain convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash (or other assets) upon conversion are required to be separately accounted for as liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the instrument in a manner that reflects the issuer’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate. Accordingly, for GAAP purposes we are required to recognize imputed interest expense on the Company’s $172.5 million of convertible senior notes due 2021 that were issued in a private placement in May 2016. The imputed interest rate is 8.12% for the convertible notes due 2021, while the actual coupon interest rate of the notes was 3.25%. The difference between the imputed interest expense and the coupon interest expense is excluded from management’s assessment of the Company’s operating performance because management believes that this non-cash expense is not indicative of its core, ongoing operating performance.

(5) Income tax effects of non-GAAP reconciling adjustments are calculated using the applicable tax rates in the jurisdictions of the underlying adjustments.

(6) The non-GAAP reconciling adjustments are those adjustments made to reconcile Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before interest and income taxes to Adjusted earnings from continuing operations before interest and income taxes.

(7) The number of shares used in the diluted per share calculations on a non-GAAP basis excludes the impact of stock-based compensation expense expected to be incurred in future periods and not yet recognized in the financial statements, which would otherwise be assumed to be used to repurchase shares under the GAAP treasury stock method. In addition, the Company entered into convertible note hedge transactions to offset any potential dilution from the convertible notes. Although the anti-dilutive impact of the convertible note hedges is not reflected under GAAP, the Company includes the anti-dilutive impact of the convertible note hedges in non-GAAP diluted average shares outstanding, if applicable.

KNOWLES CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

September 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

139.1

$

78.4

Receivables, net of allowances of $1.7 and $0.8

125.2

159.6

Inventories, net

160.1

141.8

Prepaid and other current assets

10.5

8.6

Total current assets

434.9

388.4

Property, plant, and equipment, net

188.6

206.5

Goodwill

909.9

909.9

Intangible assets, net

81.9

91.7

Operating lease right-of-use assets

24.6

33.6

Other assets and deferred charges

27.8

24.5

Total assets

$

1,667.7

$

1,654.6

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

68.9

$

87.7

Accrued compensation and employee benefits

26.8

32.1

Operating lease liabilities

10.0

9.3

Other accrued expenses

23.8

16.5

Federal and other taxes on income

8.5

5.9

Total current liabilities

138.0

151.5

Long-term debt

213.0

156.8

Deferred income taxes

1.7

2.2

Long-term operating lease liabilities

20.5

25.1

Other liabilities

29.3

29.9

Liabilities of discontinued operations

0.6

0.6

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock - $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued

-

-

Common stock - $0.01 par value; 400,000,000 shares authorized; 92,658,766 and 91,662,657 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020, respectively, and 91,701,745 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019

0.9

0.9

Treasury stock - at cost; 996,109 shares at September 30, 2020

(15.0

)

-

Additional paid-in capital

1,582.8

1,574.7

Accumulated deficit

(198.1

)

(175.1

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(106.0

)

(112.0

)

Total stockholders' equity

1,264.6

1,288.5

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,667.7

$

1,654.6

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Contacts

Financial Contact:
Mike Knapp
Knowles Investor Relations
Phone: (630) 238-5236
Email: mike.knapp@knowles.com