Helping keeping car occupants' buns warm or cool paid off for climate control seat specialist Gentherm in the second quarter and first half of 2014.

Q2 revenues were up 28% to $206.2m.

Gentherm noted European-based sales were significantly higher year on year in Q2 "as local economies and car sales continue to improve".

Net income was $16.4m, or $0.46 per versus $5m ($0.15) a year earlier.

Gross margin increased to 29.5% from 25%.

Adjusted EBITDA was $32.3m, up $15.8m or 95%.

H1 revenues increased 29.7% to $400.1m, net income attributable to common shareholders for the first six months of 2014 was $33m vs $12.7m in H1 2013, gross margin was 29.4% (25.7%) and adjusted EBITDA was $64.8m versus $34.7m a year ago.

Gentherm expects 2014 revenue to increase by at least 20% over 2013's $662m.

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Gentherm Reports Results For Its 2014 Second Quarter And First Six Months

Revenues Up Year-Over-Year 28 Percent and 30 Percent, Respectively

NORTHVILLE, Mich., Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentherm (NASDAQ-GS:THRM), the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, today announced its financial results for the second quarter and first six months ended June 30, 2014.

President and CEO Daniel R. Coker said, "The excellent results in this year's second quarter followed a very strong first quarter and capped off an exceptional first six months of 2014.  We achieved record levels of revenue and profit in both periods and every one of our operations met or exceeded its goals.  Revenues for this year's second quarter were again driven by a significant year-over-year increase in sales of our Climate Control (CCS(TM)) systems.  Operational efficiencies continued to increase in the first half of this year, and our gross margins improved significantly year over year and were again at the high end of our expected range.

"We completed the acquisition of Global Thermoelectric Inc. effective April 1, which provides the Company with an important strategic beachhead from which we can develop and market innovative industrial applications based on advanced thermoelectric technologies," Coker added.  "In addition, our new electronics manufacturing facility in China continued to increase production volumes throughout the second quarter, and the second quarter savings from insourcing were larger than the additional overhead costs of the facility, which we expect will generate additional margin improvements as production volumes continue to increase."

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

For the 2014 second quarter, revenues were up 28 percent to $206.2 million from $160.5 million in the prior year period.  The year-over-year revenue increase was driven by continued strong shipments of the Company's CCS systems and $8.2 million in revenue from Global Thermoelectric Inc.

CCS revenue in the 2014 second quarter, compared to the 2013 second quarter, increased by $23.2 million, or 37 percent, to $85.2 million.  Similar to the first quarter, this increase was partially the result of new program launches since second quarter 2013 and strong production volumes and sales of vehicles equipped with CCS systems, particularly vehicles in the luxury segment.  Additionally, certain vehicles that have been redesigned since the Second Quarter 2013 are experiencing very strong production and sales levels, including the General Motors full size SUV platform ("K2XX") and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Seat heater revenue in this year's second quarter increased by $11.1 million, or 16 percent year over year, to $81.7 million, reflecting market penetration on certain vehicle programs and strong production volumes on General Motors' K2XX platform.  The Company also had significant growth in sales of its heated steering wheel product, which increased $2.6 million, or 40 percent year over year, to $8.9 million.

Coker noted that European-based sales were significantly higher in the 2014 second quarter than in the second quarter of last year as local economies and car sales continue to improve.

Foreign currency translation of the Company's Euro-denominated product revenue for this year's second quarter, which was approximately EUR39.2 million compared with EUR35.5 million for the second quarter of last year, increased the Company's US Dollar-reported revenue by approximately $2.6 million, or 1.3 percent.  The average US Dollar/Euro exchange rate for the 2014 second quarter was 1.3715 compared with 1.3056 for the second quarter of last year.

Net income attributable to common shareholders for the 2014 second quarter was $16.4 million, or $0.46 per basic and diluted share.  Net income attributable to common shareholders for the second quarter of 2013 was $5.0 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, which included $422,000 in fees, legal and other expenses associated with the acquisition of additional W.E.T. shares during the quarter.  During the second quarter 2014, the Company did not incur any such expenses.

Further non-cash purchase accounting impacts associated with the Company's recent acquisitions are detailed in the Acquisition Transaction Expenses, Purchase Accounting Impacts and Other Effects table accompanying the release.

Gross margin as a percentage of revenue for this year's second quarter increased to 29.5 percent, up from 25.0 percent for the 2013 second quarter.  This increase was due to a favorable change in product mix, greater coverage of fixed manufacturing costs at the higher volume levels, favorable contribution from the Company's new electronics manufacturing facility in China and foreign currency impact on production expenses in the Mexican Peso and Ukraine Hryvna.  The favorable product mix is primarily due to the greater sales growth in CCS products on which Gentherm has historically had better margin performance.

Adjusted EBITDA for the 2014 second quarter was $32.3 million, up $15.8 million or 95 percent, compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $16.5 million for the 2013 second quarter.  Adjusted EBITDA (which is a non-GAAP measure) is provided to help shareholders understand Gentherm's results of operations due to the significant amount of acquisition-related amortization recorded against the Company's earnings.  This non-GAAP financial measure should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, Gentherm's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company's balance sheet as of June 30, 2014, had total cash and cash equivalents of $43.2 million, total assets of $534.8 million, shareholders' equity of $272.6 million and total debt of $85.3 million.

Year-to-Date Summary

For the first six months of 2014, revenues increased 29.7 percent to $400.1 million from $308.6 million in the first six months of 2013.  CCS revenue increased year over year in the first six months of 2014 by $49.2 million, or 42 percent, to $167.2 million.  Seat heater revenue increased year over year by $26.6 million, or 20 percent, to $162.1 million.  The Company also had significant growth in its heated steering wheel heater product with a year-over-year increase of $5.8 million, or 48 percent, to $17.7 million

Foreign currency translation of the Company's Euro-denominated revenue for the first six months of 2014, which was EUR78.3 million compared with EUR70.4 million during the first six months of 2013, increased the US Dollar-reported revenue by approximately $4.5 million, or 1.1 percent.  The average US Dollar/Euro exchange rate for the first six months of this year was 1.3709 compared with 1.3133 for the first six months of the prior year.

Net income attributable to common shareholders for the first six months of 2014 was $33.0 million, or $0.94 per basic share and $0.92 per diluted share, which included $1.1 million in fees and expenses associated with the acquisition of Global Thermoelectric Inc. that was completed on April 1, 2014.  Net income attributable to common shareholders for the first six months of 2013 was $12.7 million, or $0.38 per basic share and $0.37 per diluted share.  During the First Half 2013, the Company incurred $1.6 million in fees, legal and other expenses associated with the acquisition of W.E.T. shares.

Further non-cash purchase accounting impacts associated with the recent acquisitions are detailed in the Acquisition Transaction Expenses, Purchase Accounting Impacts and Other Effects table accompanying the release.

Gross margin as a percentage of revenue for first six months of 2014 was 29.4 percent compared with 25.7 percent for the first six months of 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first half of 2014 was $64.8 million compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $34.7 million for the comparable period of the prior year.

Research and Development, Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) Expenses

Net research and development expenses for this year's second quarter and first six months were up year over year $2.1 million and $3.4 million to $14.6 million and $27.6 million, respectively.  This increase reflects additional resources, including personnel, focused on application engineering for new production programs of existing products, development of new products and a program to develop the next generation of seat comfort products.  The increase also included $270,000 in net research and development expenses due to the inclusion of Global Thermoelectric Inc.  New product development includes automotive heated and cooled storage devices, automotive interior thermal management devices, medical thermal management devices, battery thermal management devices and other potential products.

SG&A expenses for the second quarter and first six months of 2014 increased $3.1 million and $4.9 million, respectively, to a respective $22.0 million and $40.1 million, when compared to the prior year periods.  The year-over-year increase includes $2.1 million of selling, general and administrative expenses of Global Thermoelectric Inc.  Also included in this year's second quarter and first six months are higher general legal, audit and travel costs, as well as wages and benefits costs resulting from new employee hiring and merit increases.  The additional employees are primarily related to establishing a new electronics production facility in Shenzhen, China, and increasing sales and marketing efforts aimed at supporting the Company's current product strategy.

Guidance

Barring unforeseen economic turbulence, including worsening geopolitical tensions or unfavorable fluctuations of the Euro exchange rate, the 2014 revenue growth outlook remains strong.  Reflecting strong revenue results for the first half of this year and the incorporation of the product revenues of Global Thermoelectric Inc., the Company is now expecting revenue for 2014 to increase by at least 20 percent over 2013 revenue, which was $662.0 million.

Original source: Gentherm