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Gentex Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

/ -- ZEELAND, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/16 -- Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automotive automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, dimmable aircraft windows, and fire protection products, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

1st Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Revenue growth of 10% quarter over quarter
  • Gross Margin improved from 38.8% to 39.1% quarter over quarter
  • Operating Income increased by 12% quarter over quarter
  • Earnings per Diluted Share increased by 8% quarter over quarter to $0.28 per diluted share
  • 3.1 million shares repurchased during the quarter
  • $16.9 million of debt repaid during the quarter

For the first quarter of 2016, the Company is pleased to report net sales of $405.6 million, which was an increase of 10% compared to net sales of $368.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 on a 1% overall increase in automotive light vehicle production on a quarter over quarter basis in the Company's primary markets.

The gross profit margin in the first quarter of 2016 was 39.1%, compared with a gross profit margin of 38.8% in the first quarter of 2015. The primary drivers affecting gross profit margin on a quarter over quarter basis resulted in a net increase in the gross profit margin. Annual customer price reductions were more than offset by purchasing cost reductions and the Company's ability to leverage fixed overhead costs.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2016 increased 12% to $120.8 million when compared to income from operations of $107.7 million for the first quarter of 2015.

Other income decreased to a loss of $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared with other income of $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to realized losses on the sale of equity investments during the most recently completed quarter.

Net income for the first quarter of 2016 increased 4% to $80.3 million compared with net income of $77.2 million in the first quarter of 2015. Net income was impacted by a reduction in Other income of approximately $2 million on a quarter over quarter basis. The reduction in Other income was a direct result of underlying performance in equity markets. In addition, the percentage increase in net income on a quarter over quarter basis was impacted by the fact that in the first quarter 2015 the Company realized incremental research and development tax credits of $3.9 million related to the completion of an audit related to calendar years 2010 through 2012. The Company continues to deliver sales growth through the operational lines of the income statement, though prior period tax benefits and poor performance in equity markets had an impact in the first quarter of 2016.

Earnings per diluted share in the first quarter of 2016 increased 8% to $0.28, compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.26 in the first quarter of 2015. As previously stated, earnings per diluted share was positively impacted by $0.01 during the first quarter of 2015 by the aforementioned prior period tax benefits.

Automotive net sales in the first quarter of 2016 were $394.0 million, an increase of 9% compared with automotive net sales of $360.6 million in the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to a 11% increase in auto dimming mirror unit shipments quarter over quarter.

Other net sales in the first quarter 2016, which includes dimmable aircraft windows and fire protection products, were $11.6 million, an increase of 39% compared with $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2015, due to a 42% increase in dimmable aircraft window sales and a 36% increase in sales from fire protection products.

Share Repurchases

During the first quarter of 2016, the Company repurchased 3.1 million shares of its common stock. As of March 31, 2016, the Company has approximately 6.4 million shares remaining available for repurchase in the previously announced share repurchase plan including the most recent authorization of 5 million shares in February 2016. The Company intends to continue to repurchase additional shares of its common stock in the future depending on macroeconomic issues, market trends and other factors that the Company deems appropriate.

Debt Repayment

During the first quarter of 2016, the Company paid down $15 million on its revolver loan in addition to its normally scheduled principal repayment on the Company's term loan. The Company may, at its discretion, pay additional principal toward its loans in the future, depending on macroeconomic trends, capital expenditure spending, interest rates, the amount of available free cash and other factors that it deems appropriate for timing and amounts of incremental debt repayments.

Future Estimates

The Company's forecasts for light vehicle production for the second quarter and calendar year 2016 are based on the IHS Automotive April 2016 forecast for light vehicle production in North America, Europe, Japan and Korea.

Light Vehicle Production (per IHS Automotive April light vehicle production
                               (in Millions)

                                         %      Calendar  Calendar     %
Region                Q2 2016 Q2 2015  Change  Year 2016  Year 2015  Change
                      ------- ------- -------  --------- ---------- -------
North America            4.76    4.53       5%     18.22      17.50       4%
Europe                   5.68    5.47       4%     21.32      20.90       2%
Japan and Korea          3.31    3.24       2%     13.31      13.25      --%
                      ------- ------- -------  --------- ---------- -------
Total Light Vehicle
 Production             13.75   13.24       4%     52.85      51.65       2%

Based on the April 2016 IHS production forecast, current forecasted product mix and expense growth estimates, the Company is making no changes to its previous estimates for calendar year 2016 or 2017.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements contained in this communication that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give the Company's current expectations or forecasts of future events. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "goal", "hope", "may", "plan", "project", "will", and variations of such words and similar expressions. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond the Company's control, and could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those described. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, changes in general industry or regional market conditions; changes in consumer and customer preferences for our products; our ability to be awarded new business; continued uncertainty in pricing negotiations with customers; loss of business from increased competition; customer bankruptcies or divestiture of customer brands; fluctuation in vehicle production schedules; changes in product mix; raw material shortages; higher raw material, fuel, energy and other costs; unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates in the regions in which we operate; costs or difficulties related to the integration of any new or acquired technologies and businesses; changes in regulatory conditions; warranty and recall claims and other litigation and customer reactions thereto; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; and negative impact of any governmental investigations and associated litigations including securities litigations relating to the conduct of our business. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law or the rules of the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement should be read in conjunction with the additional information about risks and uncertainties identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's latest Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

First Quarter Conference Call

A conference call related to this news release will be simulcast live on the Internet beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT today, April 22, 2016. The dial-in number to participate in the call is 888-505-4375, passcode 1104846. Participants may listen to the call via audio streaming at or by visiting A webcast replay will be available approximately 24 hours after the conclusion of the call at

About The Company

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. Visit the Company's web site at

                             GENTEX CORPORATION
                       AUTO-DIMMING MIRROR SHIPMENTS

                                              Three Months Ended March 31,
                                               2016       2015      Change
                                            ---------- ---------- ---------
North American Interior Mirrors                  2,260      2,025        12%
North American Exterior Mirrors                    864        740        17%
                                            ---------- ---------- ---------
  Total North American Mirror Units              3,124      2,765        13%
International Interior Mirrors                   4,121      3,592        15%
International Exterior Mirrors                   1,582      1,576        --%
                                            ---------- ---------- ---------
  Total International Mirror Units               5,703      5,168        10%
Total Interior Mirrors                           6,381      5,617        14%
Total Exterior Mirrors                           2,447      2,316         6%
                                            ---------- ---------- ---------
  Total Auto-Dimming Mirror Units                8,827      7,933        11%
                                            ========== ========== =========

Note: Percent change and amounts may not total due to rounding.



                                                Three Months Ended March 31,
                                                    2016           2015
                                               -------------  --------------
Net Sales                                      $ 405,567,786  $  368,937,455

  Cost of Goods Sold                             246,876,998     225,845,046
                                               -------------  --------------
    Gross profit                                 158,690,788     143,092,409

  Engineering, Research & Development             23,091,209      21,587,551
  Selling, General & Administrative               14,750,589      13,796,352
                                               -------------  --------------
    Operating Expenses                            37,841,798      35,383,903
                                               -------------  --------------

  Income from operations                         120,848,990     107,708,506

  Other Income (Expense)                          (1,279,378)        709,384
                                               -------------  --------------
Income before Income Taxes                       119,569,612     108,417,890

Provision for Income Taxes                        39,289,618      31,234,449
                                               -------------  --------------

Net Income                                     $  80,279,994  $   77,183,441
                                               =============  ==============

Earnings Per Share
  Basic                                        $        0.28  $         0.26
  Diluted                                      $        0.28  $         0.26
Weighted Average Shares
  Basic                                          289,210,621     295,031,431
  Diluted                                        291,316,353     298,594,143

Cash Dividends Declared per Share              $       0.085  $         0.08


                                                 (Unaudited)   December 31,
                                               March 31, 2016      2015
                                               -------------- --------------
Cash and Cash Equivalents                      $  626,470,720 $  551,557,527
Accounts Receivable, net                          223,989,470    195,969,400
Inventories                                       188,624,776    174,695,411
Other Current Assets                               21,060,564     61,786,454
                                               -------------- --------------
Total Current Assets                            1,060,145,530    984,008,792

Plant and Equipment - Net                         414,695,494    412,720,270

Goodwill                                          307,365,845    307,365,845
Long-Term Investments                              71,063,732     95,156,539
Intangible Assets                                 322,750,000    327,575,000
Patents and Other Assets                           21,291,520     21,846,482
                                               -------------- --------------
Total Other Assets                                722,471,097    751,943,866

                                               -------------- --------------
Total Assets                                   $2,197,312,121 $2,148,672,928
                                               ============== ==============

Current Liabilities                            $  195,323,204 $  131,006,546
Long-Term Debt                                    208,750,000    225,625,000
Deferred Income Taxes                              44,283,828     69,524,621
Shareholders' Investment                        1,748,955,089  1,722,516,761
                                               -------------- --------------
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Investment   $2,197,312,121 $2,148,672,928
                                               ============== ==============

Contact Information:
Gentex Investor & Media Contact
Josh O'Berski
(616)772-1590 x5814