Gentex Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

ZEELAND, Mich., Oct. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), a leading supplier of digital vision, connected car, dimmable glass and fire protection technologies, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

3rd Quarter 2018 Summary

  • Net Sales growth of 5% quarter over quarter
  • Gross Margin of 37.6% including negative tariff impact of 60 basis points
  • Net Income increased 23% quarter over quarter
  • Earnings per Diluted Share increased 35% quarter over quarter to $0.42 per share
  • 7.5 million shares repurchased during the quarter
  • $23.1 million of debt repaid during the quarter

For the third quarter of 2018, the Company reported net sales of $460.3 million, which was an increase of 5% compared to net sales of $438.6 million in the third quarter of 2017.  When compared with IHS Markit’s mid-July forecast for the third quarter of 2018, actual light vehicle production was approximately 5% below forecast in our primary markets of Europe, North America, Japan and Korea.  In addition, when compared to the third quarter of 2017, actual light vehicle production declined by approximately 3% in our primary markets.  Vehicle production levels during the quarter were impacted negatively by the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (“WLTP”) regulations in Europe and resulted in unit shipments and revenue that were below forecast for the quarter.

“The third quarter of 2018 began with vehicle production estimates pointing toward near double-digit revenue growth for the quarter, but actual vehicle production levels came in considerably lower than anyone expected. We believe much of the headwind in the European market was driven by the WLTP regulation changes that took effect during the third quarter.  Despite the difficult production environment, we are pleased that our level of growth outpaced our primary markets by 8% on a quarter over quarter basis, which was driven by launches and continuing ramp-up in production of our Full Display Mirror,” said President and CEO Steve Downing.

For the third quarter of 2018, the gross margin was 37.6%, which was down when compared to a gross margin of 39.0% in the third quarter of 2017.  The gross margin during the quarter was negatively impacted by approximately 60 basis points due to the tariffs that became effective during the quarter.  “If we take a few minutes to reflect on the gross margin performance for the third quarter, a couple of points become very obvious.  First, the gross margin performed well during the quarter when considering the poor performance in vehicle production and the lower than expected revenue growth that this produced.  Second, when you consider the 60 basis point headwind the Company experienced in the quarter from the addition of tariffs, the gross margin would have otherwise improved sequentially during each quarter of 2018,” said Downing.

Operating expenses during the third quarter of 2018 were up 8% to $45.6 million when compared to operating expenses of $42.2 million in the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to increased staffing levels.

Income from operations for the third quarter of 2018 decreased 1% to $127.4 million when compared to income from operations of $129.1 million for the third quarter of 2017.  The decrease in income from operations was primarily due to increased operating expenses and lower gross margin percentage, which was partially offset by quarter over quarter sales growth.

Other income increased to $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to decreased interest expense and higher investment income.

During the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s effective tax rate was 14.7%, down from 31.0% during the third quarter of 2017, primarily driven by the impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the tax planning initiatives undertaken by the Company.

Net income for the third quarter of 2018 increased 23% to $111.3 million compared with net income of $90.2 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Earnings per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018 increased 35% to $0.42, compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.31 in the third quarter of 2017, as a result of the lower effective tax rate and a reduction in diluted shares outstanding on a quarter over quarter basis.

Automotive net sales in the third quarter of 2018 were $449.2 million, an increase of 5% compared with automotive net sales of $428.2 million in the third quarter of 2017.  This increase in automotive net sales was driven by a 6% increase in auto-dimming mirror unit shipments and Full Display Mirror launches and volume increases on a quarter over quarter basis.

Other net sales in the third quarter of 2018, which includes dimmable aircraft windows and fire protection products, were $11.1 million, an increase of 6%, compared to other net sales of $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Share Repurchases

During the third quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased approximately 7.5 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $22.98 per share, for a total of $172.5 million of share repurchases.  As of September 30, 2018, the Company has approximately 12.2 million shares remaining available for repurchase pursuant to the previously announced share repurchase plan, which remains a part of the Company’s broader capital allocation strategy that was previously disclosed. The Company intends to continue to repurchase additional shares of its common stock in the future in support of such capital allocation strategy, but share repurchases may vary from time to time and will take into account macroeconomic issues, market trends, and other factors that the Company deems appropriate.

Debt Repayment

During the third quarter of 2018, the Company paid down the remaining principal on its credit facility of $23.1 million. The Company recently entered into a new credit agreement for a $150,000,000 senior revolving credit facility that will mature on October 15, 2023.

Future Estimates

The Company’s forecasts for light vehicle production for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018 are based on IHS Markit’s October 2018 forecasts for light vehicle production in North America, Europe, Japan and Korea.

Light Vehicle Production (per IHS Markit October light vehicle production forecast)
(in Millions)
 Region 4Q 2018 4Q 2017 % Change   Calendar
Year 2018
Year 2017
% Change
 North America 4.23   4.11   3 %   17.02   17.06   %
 Europe 5.67   5.69   %   22.22   22.22   %
 Japan and Korea 3.47   3.29   5 %   13.15   13.26   (1 )%
 Total Light Vehicle Production 13.37   13.09   2 %   52.39   52.54   %

Based on the above IHS Markit light vehicle production forecasts, current forecasted product mix and expense growth estimates, the Company has updated certain portions of its 2018 guidance in the table below.  For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company estimates that revenue will increase between 3% and 7% versus the same quarter last year.

As a result of the recently enacted tariffs by the Office of the United States Trade Representative related to imports from China and tariffs enacted by China on imports from the United States, the Company currently expects additional cost increases of between $2.5 million and $3 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.  Total cost increases related to all enacted tariffs are expected to be approximately $5.5 million to $6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.  These expected cost increases are reflected in the Company’s updated gross margin guidance provided.  The Company continues to monitor and evaluate the impact of such tariffs along with other potential import and export tariffs that may be implemented by other countries which may have application to the Company’s raw materials and/or finished products.

“As we move into the fourth quarter, we are expecting to remain in a tough light vehicle production environment due to ongoing regulation issues in Europe and vehicle production levels that so far this year have been lower than the industry expected.  Overall, we remain optimistic that the growth of our core auto-dimming mirrors and Full Display Mirror launches will continue to provide growth rates well above vehicle production levels over the balance of 2018 and through calendar year 2019.  Additionally, we will continue to work hard to offset the cost increases from the newly enacted tariffs, and we continue to believe that our sales and margin performance throughout the year in combination with the execution of our capital allocation strategy has produced the results we were expecting but that the market has not fully valued.  We remain confident that our execution of the strategies we have put in place will continue to create value for our shareholders,” said Downing.

2018 Calendar Year Guidance
  Annual Guidance
Item As of 7/20/18 Updated as of 10/19/18
Net Sales $1.88 – $1.91 billion $1.854 – $1.872 billion
Gross Margin (includes additional tariff costs) 37.5% – 38.5% 37.5% – 38.0%
Operating Expenses (E,R&D and S,G&A) $180 – $185 million no change
Tax Rate (excluding discrete items) 15 – 18% no change
Capital Expenditures $110 – $120 million $95 – $105 million
Depreciation & Amortization $105 – $115 million $105 – $110 million

Finally, based on 2019 light vehicle production forecasts and current forecasted product mix, the Company is making no changes to its previously announced revenue estimates for calendar year 2019, which continues to be estimated to be over and above the foregoing 2018 revenue estimates in the range of 5 – 10%.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements           

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The statements contained in this communication that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements give the Company’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “goal”, “hope”, “may”, “plan”, “project”, “will”, and variations of such words and similar expressions.  Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond the Company’s control, and could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those described. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: changes in general industry or regional market conditions; changes in consumer and customer preferences for our products (such as cameras replacing mirrors and/or autonomous driving); our ability to be awarded new business; continued uncertainty in pricing negotiations with customers; loss of business from increased competition; changes in strategic relationships; customer bankruptcies or divestiture of customer brands; fluctuation in vehicle production schedules; changes in product mix; raw material shortages; higher raw material, fuel, energy and other costs; unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates in the regions in which we operate; costs or difficulties related to the integration and/or ability to maximize the value of any new or acquired technologies and businesses; changes in regulatory conditions; warranty and recall claims and other litigation and customer reactions thereto; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; changes in tax laws; import and export duty and tariff rates in or with the countries with which we conduct business; and negative impact of any governmental investigations and associated litigations including securities litigations relating to the conduct of our business. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law or the rules of the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement should be read in conjunction with the additional information about risks and uncertainties identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s latest Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. Includes content supplied by IHS Markit Light Vehicle Production Forecast (July 16, 2018, and October 16, 2018) (

Third Quarter Conference Call

A conference call related to this news release will be simulcast live on the internet beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET today, October 19, 2018. The dial-in number to participate in the call is 844-389-8658, passcode 9479608.  Participants may listen to the call via audio streaming at or by visiting A webcast replay will be available approximately 24 hours after the conclusion of the call at

About the Company

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (The NASDAQ Global Select Market: GNTX) is a leading supplier of digital vision, connected car, dimmable glass and fire protection technologies. Visit the Company’s web site at

Contact Information:
Gentex Investor & Media Contact
Josh O’Berski
(616)772-1590 x5814


  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017   %
  2018   2017   %
North American Interior Mirrors 2,108     2,102     %   6,636     6,693     (1 )%
North American Exterior Mirrors 1,103     842     31 %   2,871     2,673     7 %
Total North American Mirror Units 3,211     2,944     9 %   9,507     9,366     2 %
International Interior Mirrors 5,154     4,794     8 %   15,801     14,438     9 %
International Exterior Mirrors 1,864     1,875     (1 )%   6,091     5,517     10 %
Total International Mirror Units 7,018     6,668     5 %   21,892     19,954     10 %
Total Interior Mirrors 7,262     6,896     5 %   22,437     21,130     6 %
Total Exterior Mirrors 2,967     2,717     9 %   8,962     8,189     9 %
Total Auto-Dimming Mirror Units 10,229     9,613     6 %   31,399     29,320     7 %

       Note: Percent change and amounts may not total due to rounding.


  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Net Sales $ 460,253,433     $ 438,627,786     $ 1,380,654,978     $ 1,335,302,109  
Cost of Goods Sold 287,263,147     267,398,126     862,231,819     821,063,869  
Gross Profit 172,990,286     171,229,660     518,423,159     514,238,240  
Engineering, Research & Development 26,888,999     24,770,279     80,138,722     75,165,946  
Selling, General & Administrative 18,673,376     17,386,729     55,658,189     49,708,008  
Operating Expenses 45,562,375     42,157,008     135,796,911     124,873,954  
Income from Operations 127,427,911     129,072,652     382,626,248     389,364,286  
Other Income 3,106,704     1,759,391     8,641,076     4,276,424  
Income before Income Taxes 130,534,615     130,832,043     391,267,324     393,640,710  
Provision for Income Taxes 19,198,798     40,601,708     59,658,782     117,317,687  
Net Income $ 111,335,817     $ 90,230,335     $ 331,608,542     $ 276,323,023  
Earnings Per Share              
Basic $ 0.42     $ 0.32     $ 1.23     $ 0.97  
Diluted $ 0.42     $ 0.31     $ 1.22     $ 0.96  
Weighted Average Shares              
Basic 265,607,128     284,661,920     270,366,996     285,915,565  
Diluted 267,595,142     287,020,950     272,733,502     289,061,501  
Cash Dividends Declared per Share $ 0.11     $ 0.10     $ 0.33     $ 0.29  


  September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 194,017,041     $ 569,734,496  
Short-Term Investments 143,623,541     152,538,054  
Accounts Receivable, net 247,322,101     231,121,788  
Inventories 213,394,037     216,765,583  
Other Current Assets 29,201,873     14,403,902  
Total Current Assets 827,558,593     1,184,563,823  
Plant and Equipment – Net 497,305,597     492,479,330  
Goodwill 307,365,845     307,365,845  
Long-Term Investments 141,631,510     57,782,418  
Intangible Assets 274,500,000     288,975,000  
Patents and Other Assets 21,027,381     20,887,496  
Total Other Assets 744,524,736     675,010,759  
Total Assets $ 2,069,388,926     $ 2,352,053,912  
Current Liabilities $ 172,886,490     $ 243,647,007  
Deferred Income Taxes 53,398,181     58,888,644  
Shareholders’ Investment 1,843,104,255     2,049,518,261  
Total Liabilities & Shareholders’ Investment $ 2,069,388,926     $ 2,352,053,912