Celestica Provides Financial Outlook Update Due to Impact of COVID-19
TORONTO, March 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a leader in design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions for the world’s most innovative companies, today announced that as a result of the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), its duration, and its business impact, it is withdrawing previously-disclosed financial guidance for the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2020).
On March 16, 2020, multiple Bay Area counties in California issued a “shelter-in-place” order, effective March 17, 2020 in response to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Celestica is required to temporarily stop work on-site at our operations in Santa Clara County and Alameda County until April 7, 2020. Furthermore, the Malaysian government issued an order to close certain business activities between March 18 and March 31, 2020. These government directives are expected to adversely impact Celestica’s ability to manufacture products and receive required parts from key suppliers.The financial guidance for Q1 2020 which we provided on January 29, 2020 reflected the information available to us at the time; however, due to the disruptions and heightened uncertainty caused by the spread of COVID-19 and these government directives, the Company is withdrawing such guidance.“While these government mandated site closures are strong measures, we must do our part to support global efforts to contain COVID-19 and help ensure the safety of our employees, suppliers and customers,” said Rob Mionis, President and CEO, Celestica. “Our efforts to date led to positive results in China where our employee attendance rate is now over 90 percent. And while our global team has done exceptional work to date, the situation is fluid and continues to evolve.”Celestica remains in regular contact with its suppliers and customers to assess impacts and risks for supply chain disruption. Management intends to provide an update during Celestica’s Q1 2020 earnings conference call on April 29, 2020.About CelesticaCelestica enables the world’s best brands. Through our recognized customer-centric approach, we partner with leading companies in aerospace and defense, communications, enterprise, healthtech, industrial, capital equipment, and energy to deliver solutions for their most complex challenges. As a leader in design, manufacturing, hardware platform and supply chain solutions, Celestica brings global expertise and insight at every stage of product development – from the drawing board to full-scale production and after-market services. With talented teams across North America, Europe and Asia, we imagine, develop and deliver a better future with our customers.For further information on Celestica, visit www.celestica.com.Company’s securities filings can be accessed at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to the duration of government-mandated business closures in response to COVID-19 and anticipated impacts on our business. Such forward-looking statements are predictive in nature and may be based on current expectations, forecasts or assumptions involving risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from the forward-looking statements themselves. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward looking statements contained in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and in any applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future actions, events or outcomes. You should understand that the risks, uncertainties and factors which are identified in our various public filings at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov could affect our future actions, events and outcomes and could cause them to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Except as required by applicable law, we disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Contacts: Celestica Global Communications (416) 448-2200 Celestica Investor Relations