Quarterly sales of $4.7 billion within guidance despite macroeconomic headwinds and tariffs Fiscal year sales rose 3%, SG&A expenses were reduced by $117 million,...

Quarterly sales of
$4.7 billion within guidance despite macroeconomic headwinds and tariffs

Fiscal year sales
rose 3%, SG&A expenses were reduced by $117 million, or 6%, and cash flow
from continuing operations totaled $591 million

PHOENIX – Media OutReach – 9 August 2019 – Avnet, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVT) today announced results for the fourth quarter
and fiscal year ended June 29, 2019.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter Key Financial Metrics

  • Sales of $4.7 billion, which were in line with
    guidance, declined 7.5% from a year ago and 0.4% from the prior quarter.
    Sales guidance for the fiscal fourth quarter anticipated
    lower-than-historical seasonality and emerging macroeconomic headwinds
    across all geographies.
  • GAAP diluted loss per share from continuing
    operations, which includes $137 million of goodwill impairment expense,
    totaled $0.33; on an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share was $0.95.
  • GAAP operating margin of (0.6)%, adjusted
    operating margin of 3.3%.
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A)
    expenses declined $40.6 million, or 8.1%, over the prior year quarter and
    benefited from the acceleration of planned cost optimization actions and a
    disciplined approach to spending while prioritizing investments to drive
    growth.
  • Cash flow from operations totaled $335
    million, up sequentially from $269 million in the fiscal third quarter.
  • Returned $138 million to shareholders with
    $117 million in stock buybacks and dividends totaling $21 million.
  • Reduced revolving debt by $354 million with
    net debt of $1.2 billion at the end of the quarter.
  • Recorded a goodwill impairment totaling $137
    million related to the Electronic Components operating group as a result
    of the declining macroeconomic environment and business outlook.
  • For the fiscal year ended June 29, 2019, Avnet
    generated cash flow from continuing operations totaling $591 million,
    repurchased nearly 13 million shares (more than 10%) of Avnet stock and
    reduced SG&A expenses by $117 million, or 6%, compared to a year ago.

CEO
Commentary

“Avnet continued to execute well in
our fiscal fourth quarter despite rapidly changing market conditions,” said
Avnet CEO Bill Amelio. “We are pleased to have delivered revenues within our
target range. We did see margin pressure that was greater than anticipated due
to mix and the softening of customer demand, which were exacerbated by global
trade tensions and associated tariffs. We remain committed to the multi-pronged
strategy we laid out at our 2018 Investor Day, which regardless of market
fluctuations, promises to deliver superior service, innovation and support to
our customers, suppliers and partners, as well as enhance value for our
shareholders long term.”

CFO Commentary

“During the
fourth fiscal quarter, we generated strong operating cash flow of $335 million
and put the cash to work repurchasing stock and paying a dividend, in
accordance with our capital allocation strategy,” stated Tom Liguori, Avnet
Chief Financial Officer. “As we continue to monitor the prevailing market
conditions, including current inventory corrections, we have pulled forward our
three year $245 million cost reduction plan by accelerating $50 million of
annual savings and efficiency improvements to be completed by the end of the
first quarter of fiscal 2020, while still making investments in key growth
areas including IoT and Farnell.”

Additional Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019 Highlights and Key
Developments

  • IoT pipeline rose 5% quarter over quarter to
    $630 million, and continues to expand to new markets including retail and
    healthcare.
  • Avnet’s distribution center and warehouse in
    Chandler, Arizona became an authorized Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) increasing
    global logistics efficiency, improving cash flow, reducing customs related
    fees, and mitigating potential exposure from punitive tariffs that may be
    imposed on imports.
  • Farnell announced the launch of the new
    Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Computer, the most powerful Raspberry Pi model ever
    made.
  • Avnet’s community, Hackster.io reached
    1 million members, bringing Avnet’s total community members, when combined
    with element14, to 1.6 million.
  • At Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Avnet
    showcased key parts of its end-to-end IoT solution including the highly
    scalable IoTConnect cloud-based software platform. We also highlighted our
    IoT connectivity solutions, all of which provide greater security while
    affording flexible cellular connectivity.
  • Farnell added more than 159,000 SKUs to its
    e-commerce site, providing customers access to a wider breadth of
    technology and products.

Awards and Notable Recognition
Received During the Quarter

  • Avnet Silica received the Global Partner of
    the Year award from Xilinx, and was named 2018 EMEA Distributor of the
    Year from ON Semi.
  • Avnet Integrated was recognized as Supplier of
    the Year by GIRA and received the Supplier Appreciation and Dedicated
    Support award from Avaya.
  • Avnet Japan was named Microsoft’s FY19
    Distributor MVP.
  • Avnet Abacus was named EMEA Distributor of the
    Year by both TE Connectivity and Molex.
  • NXP recognized Avnet Asia for delivering the
    Best Performance in Demand Creation.
  • Recognizing Avnet’s supply chain expertise and
    pioneering implementation of advanced digital technologies and processes,
    Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine selected Avnet as a 2019 SDCE
    100 Award recipient.
  • Farnell received the Gold award for Best Global
    Performance from TDK Epcos, and the Outstanding Performance award from
    Neutrik.

For the full
press release, please visit:
https://news.avnet.com/press-release/avnet/avnet-reports-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-2019-financial-results.

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