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Form 10-Q for STRATTEC SECURITY CORP


6-Feb-2014

Quarterly Report


MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following Management's Discussion and Analysis should be read in conjunction with STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION's accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto and its 2013 Annual Report which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to its Form 10-K on September 9, 2013. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to years refer to fiscal years.

Analysis of Results of Operations

Three months ended December 29, 2013 compared to the three months ended December
30, 2012



                                              Three Months Ended
                                       December 29,        December 30,
                                           2013                2012
             Net Sales (in millions)   $        81.5       $        72.2

Net sales to each of our customers or customer groups in the current year quarter and prior year quarter were as follows (in millions):

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                             December 29,        December 30,
                                                 2013                2012
        Chrysler Group LLC                   $        28.7       $        23.0
        General Motors Company                        16.0                13.5
        Ford Motor Company                            11.3                10.5
        Tier 1 Customers                              15.2                15.0
        Commercial and Other OEM Customers             8.6                 7.7
        Hyundai / Kia                                  1.7                 2.5
                                             $        81.5       $        72.2

Increased sales to Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company in the current year quarter were due to increased customer vehicle production volumes on models for which we supply components. Increased sales to Tier 1, Commercial and Other OEM customers in the current year quarter related to market growth and the increasing impact on our sales of other vehicle access control products, such as latches, fobs and driver controls, which we have developed in recent years to complement our historic lock and key access control products. The reduction in sales to Hyundai / Kia in the current year quarter was due to lower customer vehicle production volumes on models for which we supply components.

                                                       Three Months Ended
                                                December 29,        December 30,
                                                    2013                2012
    Gross Profit as a Percentage of Net Sales            19.6 %              17.0 %

The increase in gross profit as a percentage of net sales in the current year quarter compared to the prior year quarter was attributed to higher customer production volumes which resulted in more favorable absorption of our fixed manufacturing costs and lower pension expense provisions in the current quarter as compared to the prior year quarter. These favorable impacts were partially offset by higher expense provisions for the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans and higher purchased raw material costs for zinc in the current quarter as compared to the prior year quarter. Pension expense provisions impacting our gross profit percentage decreased approximately $416,000 during the current quarter as compared to the prior year quarter due to a significantly improved funded status on our frozen defined benefit pension plan. The amount of the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans which impacted our gross profit margin percentage increased by approximately $469,000 in the current year quarter as compared to the prior year quarter based on our increased profitability during the current fiscal year period. The average zinc price paid per pound increased in the current year quarter as compared to the prior year quarter. We have negotiated raw material price adjustment clauses with certain, but not all, of our customers to offset some of the market price fluctuations in the cost of zinc. During the current year quarter, we used approximately 3.3 million pounds of zinc. Increased zinc costs, including the impact of raw material price adjustments with certain customers, totaled approximately $200,000 in the current year quarter compared to the prior year quarter.


Engineering, selling and administrative expenses were fairly consistent between quarterly periods and decreased as a percentage of our net sales to 11.4 percent in the current year quarter from 11.7 percent in the prior year quarter. This expense percentage would have declined further except for the increased amount of the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans in the current year quarter as compared to the prior year quarter as discussed above.

Income from operations in the current year quarter was $6.7 million compared to $3.8 million in the prior year quarter. This increase was the result of the increase in sales and the improvement in our gross profit percentage in the current year quarter over the prior year quarter as discussed above.

Equity earnings of joint ventures was $297,000 during the current year quarter compared to equity loss of joint ventures of $99,000 in the prior year quarter. During the first half of fiscal year 2013 our joint venture in China incurred relocation costs associated with moves to a new facility and start-up costs associated with a new product line. These costs resulted in STRATTEC incurring an equity loss from joint ventures in the prior year quarter.

Included in other (expense) income, net in the current year quarter and prior year quarter were the following items (in thousands):

                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                December 29,         December 30,
                                                    2013                 2012
  Foreign Currency Transaction (Loss) Gain     $         (174 )     $           142
  Rabbi Trust Gain (Loss)                                  57                   (11 )
  Unrealized Gain on Mexican Peso Option
  Contracts                                                 -                    38
  Other                                                    63                    18
                                               $          (54 )     $           187

Foreign currency transaction gains and losses resulted from activity associated with foreign denominated assets held by our Mexican subsidiaries. During the prior fiscal year we had agreements in place with Bank of Montreal that provided for two weekly Mexican peso currency option contracts to cover a portion of our weekly estimated peso denominated operating costs. In the prior year quarter, the Mexican peso appreciated to the U.S. dollar creating unrealized gains on these Mexican peso currency option contracts. Our objective in entering into these currency option contracts was to minimize our earnings volatility resulting from changes in exchange rates affecting the U.S. dollar cost of our Mexican operations. The Mexican peso currency option contracts expired on June 28, 2013. Our Rabbi Trust assets fund our amended and restated supplemental executive retirement plan. The investments held in the Trust are considered trading securities.

Our income tax provision for each of the three month periods ended December 29, 2013 and December 30, 2012 was affected by the non-controlling interest portion of our pre-tax income. Our income tax provision for the three months ended December 30, 2012 was also affected by a lower statutory tax rate for income subject to tax in Mexico as compared to the statutory tax rate for income subject to tax in the U.S. Our effective tax rate was 32.6 percent for the current year quarter as compared to 27.4 percent for the prior year quarter. The major contributors to the change in the effective tax rate between years was an increase in income subject to tax in the U.S. and an increase in the statutory tax rate for income subject to tax in Mexico effective January 1, 2014.

Six months ended December 29, 2013 compared to the six months ended December 30, 2012

                                               Six Months Ended
                                        December 29,      December 30,
                                            2013              2012
              Net Sales (in millions)   $       161.1     $       143.0


Net sales to each of our customers or customer groups in the current year period and prior year period were as follows (in millions):

                                                     Six Months Ended
                                              December 29,      December 30,
                                                  2013              2012
         Chrysler Group LLC                   $        55.3     $        45.4
         General Motors Company                        31.0              28.6
         Ford Motor Company                            22.7              20.1
         Tier 1 Customers                              31.0              28.9
         Commercial and Other OEM Customers            17.2              14.7
         Hyundai / Kia                                  3.9               5.3
                                              $       161.1     $       143.0

Increased sales to Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company in the current year period were due to increased customer vehicle production volumes and increased product content on the models for which we supply components. Increased sales to Tier 1, Commercial and Other OEM customers in the current year period related to market growth and the increasing impact on our sales of other vehicle access control products, such as latches, fobs and driver controls, which we have developed in recent years to complement our historic lock and key access control products. The reduction in sales to Hyundai / Kia in the current year period was due to lower customer vehicle production volumes on models for which we supply components.

                                                        Six Months Ended
                                                December 29,        December 30,
                                                    2013                2012
    Gross Profit as a Percentage of Net Sales            18.9 %              18.2 %

The increase in gross profit as a percentage of net sales in the current year period as compared to the prior year period was attributed to increased customer production volumes which resulted in more favorable absorption of our fixed manufacturing costs and lower pension expense provisions in the current year period as compared to the prior year period. These favorable impacts were partially offset by a less favorable product sales mix, higher costs associated with new product launches, higher expense provisions for the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans and higher purchased raw material costs for zinc in the current year period as compared to the prior year period. Pension expense provisions impacting our gross profit percentage decreased approximately $840,000 during the current year period as compared to the prior year period due to a significantly improved funded status on our frozen defined benefit pension plan. Current year period sales to OEM customers included a lower percentage of service and replacement parts as compared to the prior year period. Gross profit margins on service and replacement parts are typically higher than gross profit margins on parts sold for new vehicle production. The amount of the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans which impacted our gross profit margin percentage increased by approximately $562,000 in the current year period as compared to the prior year period based on our increased profitability during the current year to date period. The average zinc price paid per pound increased in the current year period as compared to the prior year period. We have negotiated raw material price adjustment clauses with certain, but not all, of our customers to offset some of the market price fluctuations in the cost of zinc. During the current year period, we used approximately 6.2 million pounds of zinc. Increased zinc costs, including the impact of raw material price adjustments with certain customers, totaled approximately $427,000 in the current year period compared to the prior year period.

Engineering, selling and administrative expenses increased approximately $1.1 million between year-to-date periods while decreasing as a percentage of our net sales to 11.6 percent in the current year period from 12.3 percent in the prior year period. Higher health care costs and higher expense provisions for the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans in the current year period as compared to the prior year period contributed to the increased expenses.

Income from operations in the current year period was $11.7 million compared to $8.4 million in the prior year period. This increase was the result of the increase in sales and the improvement in our gross profit percentage in the current year period over the prior year period as discussed above.

Equity earnings of joint ventures was $594,000 during the current year period compared to equity loss of joint ventures of $111,000 in the prior year period. During the first half of fiscal year 2013 our joint venture in China incurred relocation costs associated with moves to a new facility and start-up costs associated with a new product line. These costs resulted in STRATTEC incurring an equity loss from joint ventures in the prior year period.


Included in other (expense) income, net in the current year period and prior year period were the following items (in thousands):

                                                         Six Months Ended
                                                 December 29,         December 30,
                                                     2013                 2012
   Foreign Currency Transaction Gain (Loss)     $           38       $         (313 )
   Rabbi Trust Gain                                        105                   53
   Unrealized Gain on Mexican Peso Option
   Contracts                                                 -                  349
   Realized Loss on Mexican Peso Option
   Contracts, net                                            -                  (34 )
   Other                                                    82                  114
                                                $          225       $         (169 )

Foreign currency transaction gains and losses resulted from activity associated with foreign denominated assets held by our Mexican subsidiaries. During the prior fiscal year we had agreements in place with Bank of Montreal that provided for two weekly Mexican peso currency option contracts to cover a portion of our weekly estimated peso denominated operating costs. In the prior year period, the Mexican peso appreciated to the U.S. dollar creating unrealized gains on these Mexican peso currency option contracts while realized losses were generated on the weekly commitments due under the contracts. Our objective in entering into these currency option contracts was to minimize our earnings volatility resulting from changes in exchange rates affecting the U.S. dollar cost of our Mexican operations. The Mexican peso currency option contracts expired June 28, 2013. Our Rabbi Trust assets fund our amended and restated supplemental executive retirement plan. The investments held in the Trust are considered trading securities.

Our income tax provision for each of the six month periods ended December 29, 2013 and December 30, 2012 was affected by the non-controlling interest portion of our pre-tax income. Our income tax provision for the six month period ended December 30, 2012 was also affected by a lower statutory tax rate for income subject to tax in Mexico as compared to the statutory tax rate for income subject to tax in the U.S. Our effective tax rate was 32.0 percent for the current year period as compared to 27.4 percent for the prior year period. The major contributors to the change in the effective tax rate between years was an increase in income subject to tax in the U.S. and an increase in the statutory tax rate for income subject to tax in Mexico effective January 1, 2014.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary source of cash flow is from our major customers, which include Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company. As of the date of filing this Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of our customers are making payments on their outstanding accounts receivable in accordance with the payment terms included on their purchase orders. A summary of our outstanding receivable balances from our major customers as of December 29, 2013 was as follows (in millions of dollars):

                         Chrysler Group LLC       $ 16.0
                         General Motors Company   $  8.7
                         Ford Motor Company       $  4.3

We earn a portion of our operating income in Mexico, which is deemed to be permanently reinvested. As of December 29, 2013, $12.0 million of our $20.4 million cash and cash equivalents balance was held by our foreign subsidiaries in Mexico. Cash balances in Mexico will be used for future capital expenditures and future plant expansion in Mexico. We currently do not intend nor foresee a need to repatriate these funds. We expect existing domestic cash and cash equivalents and cash flows from operations to continue to be sufficient to fund our operating activities and cash commitments for investing and financing activities, such as regular quarterly dividends and capital expenditures, for at least the next 12 months and thereafter for the foreseeable future. Should we require more capital in the U.S. than is generated by our operations domestically, for example to fund significant discretionary activities, such as acquisitions of businesses and share repurchases, we could elect to repatriate future earnings from foreign jurisdictions or raise capital in the U.S. through borrowings under our revolving credit facility. These alternatives could result in higher effective tax rates, increased interest expense, or other dilution of our earnings.

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $6.8 million during the six months ended December 29, 2013, compared to cash flow provided by operating activities of $6.0 million during the six months ended December 30, 2012. Increased operating cash flow resulting from improvement in our overall operating results between periods was partially offset by the impact of changes in working capital balances in the current year period as compared to the prior year period. The reduction in cash flow from operating activities due to changes in working capital balances was $5.9 million in the current year period compared to $4.3 million in the prior year period and was impacted by an increase in customer tooling asset balances in the current year period as compared to the prior year period and changes in liability balances each period. Customer tooling asset balances, which consist of costs incurred for the development of tooling that will be directly reimbursed by the customer whose parts are produced from the tool, increased approximately $4.1 million at December 29, 2013 from the June 30, 2013 balances in support of tooling requirements for new product


programs. Customer tooling asset balances decreased approximately $1.5 million in the prior year period as a result of customer reimbursements of tooling asset balances. The impact to cash flow from operating activities due to changes in the liability and accrual balances was an increase of $272,000 in the current year period compared to a reduction of $4.6 million in the prior year period. This change is the result of increased accruals for bonuses under our incentive bonus programs in the current year period as compared to the prior year period, increased income tax liabilities in the current year period as compared to the prior year period due to improvement in our overall operating results as well as the carry-forward of income tax over payments from prior periods, and the normal timing of payments of trade accounts payable in accordance with our normal payment terms. In August 2013 payments of approximately $4.8 million were made for bonuses, which were earned during fiscal 2013 under our incentive bonus plans. Bonus payments totaled approximately $5.2 million in the prior year period based upon bonuses earned during fiscal 2012. Voluntary contributions made to our qualified pension plan totaled $1.5 during the current year period and $1.75 million in the prior year period. Contributions to our Rabbi Trust, which funds the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, totaled $300,000 during the current year period. No contributions were made to the Rabbi Trust during the prior year period.

During the six months ended December 29, 2013, no capital contributions were made to VAST LLC in support of general operating expenses. During the prior year period the VAST joint venture in China incurred relocation costs associated with moves to new facilities and start-up costs associated with a new product line. These relocation costs and start-up costs were financed internally by VAST LLC along with external financing secured from three local Chinese banks. We currently anticipate VAST China has adequate debt facilities in place over the next six to nine month period to cover future operating and capital requirements for its business.

Capital expenditures during the six month period ended December 29, 2013 totaled $6.5 million compared to $5.2 million in the six month period ended December 30, 2012. We anticipate that capital expenditures will be approximately $10 million to $11 million in fiscal 2014, primarily relating to expenditures in support of requirements for new product programs, expansion of our Juarez, Mexico facility, and the upgrade and replacement of existing equipment.

Our Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program to buy back outstanding shares of our common stock. Shares authorized for buy back under the program totaled 3,839,395 at December 29, 2013. A total of 3,655,322 shares have been repurchased over the life of the program through December 29, 2013, at a cost of approximately $136.4 million. No shares were repurchased during the six month period ended December 29, 2013. Additional repurchases may occur from time to time and are expected to continue to be funded by cash flow from operations and current cash balances. Based on the current economic environment and our preference to conserve cash for other uses, we anticipate modest or no stock repurchase activity for the remainder of fiscal year 2014.

STRATTEC has a $25 million secured revolving credit facility (the "STRATTEC Credit Facility") with BMO Harris Bank N.A. ADAC-STRATTEC LLC has a $5 million secured revolving credit facility (the "ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility") with BMO Harris Bank N.A, which is guaranteed by STRATTEC. The credit facilities both expire on August 1, 2016. Borrowings under either credit facility are secured by our U.S. cash balances, accounts receivable, inventory and fixed assets located in the U.S. Interest on borrowings under the STRATTEC Credit Facility is at varying rates based, at our option, on the London Interbank Offering Rate ("LIBOR") plus 1.0 percent or the bank's prime rate. Interest on borrowings under the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility for periods prior to January 22, 2014 was at varying rates based, at our option, on LIBOR plus 1.75 percent or the bank's prime rate. As a result of an amendment to the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility, effective January 22, 2014 and thereafter, interest on borrowings under the facility will be based on LIBOR plus 1.0 percent or the bank's prime rate. Both credit facilities contain a restrictive financial covenant that requires the applicable borrower to maintain a minimum net worth level. The ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility includes an additional restrictive financial covenant that requires the maintenance of a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio. There were no outstanding borrowings under the STRATTEC Credit Facility at December 29, 2013 or June 30, 2013. There were no borrowings under the STRATTEC Credit Facility during fiscal 2014 to date or during fiscal 2013. Borrowings under the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility totaled $3.0 million at December 29, 2013 and $2.25 million at June 30, 2013. The average outstanding borrowings and weighted average interest rate on the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility loans were approximately $2.8 million and 1.9 percent, respectively, during the six months ended December 29, 2013. The average outstanding borrowings and weighted average interest rate on the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility loans were approximately $1.9 million and 2.0 percent, respectively, during the six months ended December 30, 2012.

Inflation Related Items: Over the past several years, we have been impacted by rising health care costs, which have increased our cost of associate medical coverage. A portion of these increases have been offset by plan design changes and associate wellness initiatives. We have also been impacted by increases in the market price of zinc and brass and inflation in Mexico, which impacts the U. S. dollar costs of our Mexican operations. We have negotiated raw material price adjustment clauses with certain, but not all, of our customers to offset some of the market price fluctuations in the cost of zinc. During fiscal 2013, we had agreements with Bank of Montreal that provided for two weekly Mexican peso currency option contracts to cover a portion of our weekly estimated peso denominated operating costs. The contracts with Bank of Montreal expired on June 28, 2013. The two weekly option contracts were for equivalent notional amounts and provided for the purchase of Mexican pesos at an average U.S. dollar / Mexican peso exchange rate of 12.40 if the spot rate at the weekly expiry date was below an average of 12.40 or for the purchase of Mexican pesos at an


average U.S. dollar / Mexican peso exchange rate of 13.40 if the spot rate at the weekly expiry date was above an average of 13.40. Our objective in entering into these currency option contracts was to minimize our earnings volatility resulting from changes in exchange rates affecting the U.S. dollar cost of our Mexican operations. The Mexican peso option contracts were not used for speculative purposes and were not designated as hedges. As a result, all currency option contracts were recognized in our accompanying consolidated financial statements at fair value and changes in the fair value of the currency option contracts were reported in current earnings as part of Other (Expense) Income, net. The premiums paid and received under the weekly Mexican peso currency option contracts netted to zero. As a result, premiums related to the contracts did not impact our earnings. No Mexican peso currency option contracts were outstanding as of December 29, 2013 or June 30, 2013.

The pre-tax effects of the Mexican peso option contracts on the accompanying . . .

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