Gentex Corporation ( GNTX Quick Quote GNTX - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2021 earnings of 36 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 43 cents but turning around from loss of a penny per share incurred in the corresponding quarter of 2020. The earnings miss was due to lower-than-anticipated auto-dimming mirror shipments in North America, which in turn resulted in weaker-than-expected revenues.
This Zeeland-based automotive products supplier reported net sales of $428 million, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $463 million. Nonetheless, the top-line figure increased 86% year over year. The company recorded gross margin of 35.4% for the reported quarter, higher than the year-ago quarter’s 19.1% on increased year-over-year sales.
The Automotive segment’s net sales — which have the highest contribution to Gentex’s revenues — totaled $420.6 million for the second quarter, surging 89% year over year but missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $472 million. For the quarter under review, auto-dimming mirror shipments in the North America market climbed 171% from the prior-year level to 3,370,000 units but fell short of the consensus mark of 3,478,000 units. Shipments rose 76% year over year in the international markets to 7,052,000 units. Total shipments also jumped 98% year over year to 10,422,000 units.
Other net sales, which include dimmable aircraft windows and fire protection products, dropped 6% from the year-ago quarter to $7.4 million. Dimmable aircraft window sales also plummeted 65% year over year for the April-June period. Gentex expects dimmable aircraft window sales to continue being impacted until meaningful recovery of the aerospace industry begins and Boeing 787 aircraft production levels get a boost.
Total operating expenses increased around 2% year over year to $51.7 million for second-quarter 2021. Engineering and R&D expenses rose to $29.1 million from $28.9 million recorded in the year-ago period. SG&A expenses edged up to $22.6 million from $21.7 million recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2020.
Gentex paid dividends of 12 cents per share for the quarter under review. During the June-end quarter, it repurchased 3.4 million shares of its common stock for $115.9million.
Gentex — which shares space in the same industry with firms including
Adient ( ADNT Quick Quote ADNT - Free Report) , Magna International ( MGA Quick Quote MGA - Free Report) and American Axle & Manufacturing ( AXL Quick Quote AXL - Free Report) — had cash and cash equivalents of $353 million as of Jun 30. Projections
Based on the mid-July IHS Markit forecast, light vehicle production in Gentex’s primary markets is expected to decrease 4% in second-half 2021 from the year-ago comparable period. The company has also taken into account the impact of high commodity, freight and labor expenses to provide its second-half 2021 guidance. It envisions net sales in the band of $970-$1.07 billion for second-half 2021. Gross margin is anticipated in the range of 37.5-38.5%. Capital expenditure and operating expenses are estimated within $50-$60 million and $105-$110 million, respectively. For calendar year 2022, the Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) firm expects sales growth of 10-15% year over year. You can see
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