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Plexus Announces Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results

NEENAH, WI, Oct. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ: PLXS) today announced financial results for our fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 1, 2022, and guidance for our fiscal first quarter 2023 ending December 31, 2022.

  • Reports record fiscal fourth quarter 2022 revenue of $1.12 billion, GAAP operating margin of 5.5% and GAAP diluted EPS of $1.78, including $0.18 of stock-based compensation expense
  • Reports record fiscal 2022 revenue of $3.81 billion, GAAP operating margin of 4.7% and GAAP diluted EPS of $4.86, including $0.82 of stock-based compensation expense
  • Initiates fiscal first quarter 2023 revenue guidance of $1.08 to $1.13 billion with GAAP diluted EPS of $1.40 to $1.58, including $0.20 of stock-based compensation expense
 Three Months Ended
 Oct 1, 2022 Oct 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
 Q4F22 Results Q4F22 Guidance Q1F23 Guidance
Summary GAAP Items     
Revenue (in millions)$1,124 $980 to $1,020 $1,080 to $1,130
Operating margin5.5% 4.7% to 5.2% 5.0% to 5.5%
Diluted EPS (1)$1.78 $1.19 to $1.35 $1.40 to $1.58
Summary Non-GAAP Items (2)     
Return on invested capital (ROIC)13.0%    
Economic return3.7%    
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.18 for Q4F22 results, $0.22 for Q4F22 guidance and $0.20 for Q1F23 guidance.
(2) Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information in Tables 1 and 2 for non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation to the comparable GAAP measures.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2022 Information

  • Won 32 manufacturing programs during the quarter representing $214 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production
  • Trailing four-quarter manufacturing wins of $1 billion in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production
  • Purchased $3.5 million of our shares at an average price of $90.63 per share under our share repurchase program, leaving $46.5 million of the current $50 million authorization remaining

Fiscal Year 2022 Information

  • GAAP diluted EPS of $4.86
  • ROIC of 13.0%, delivered an economic return of 370 basis points above our weighted average cost of capital of 9.3%
  • Purchased $50.4 million of our shares at an average price of $83.55 per share under our share repurchase programs

Todd Kelsey, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The unwavering commitment to operational excellence of Plexus’ nearly 25,000 dedicated team members resulted in accelerating momentum as our fiscal 2022 progressed, culminating in record quarterly revenue and operating profit. With this strong base to build upon entering our fiscal 2023, the benefit of a large backlog of unfulfilled demand, share gains and participation in secular growth markets, we see the opportunity for continued momentum while acknowledging ongoing uncertainties in the macroeconomic outlook and geopolitical climate."

Mr. Kelsey continued, "Our fiscal fourth quarter revenue of $1.12 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 33%, 5.5% GAAP operating margin and GAAP EPS of $1.78 exceeded our guidance. Our further success in mitigating the challenges from constrained component supply resulted in strong sequential revenue growth that drove outstanding profitability."

Mr. Kelsey further commented, "Our funnel of qualified manufacturing opportunities remains at a record $3.4 billion, while quarterly new manufacturing program wins totaled $214 million. Included in these wins is an exciting opportunity with a new customer in vehicle, truck and bus electrification, building upon our existing presence in this secular growth market."

Patrick Jermain, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Our fiscal fourth quarter cash cycle of 100 days was consistent with expectations. The quarter included strategic investments in working capital to support the significant revenue delivered in the fiscal fourth quarter and projected future growth. I was pleased with our ability to steadily improve operating performance and manage working capital to drive sequential improvement in our ROIC as we moved through our fiscal year. Fiscal 2022 ROIC of 13% equated to 370 basis points of economic return, creating substantial shareholder value. While working capital investments will continue in support of our customers’ strong demand, we expect our cash cycle to improve as our fiscal 2023 progresses."

Mr. Kelsey concluded, "We are guiding fiscal first quarter revenue of $1.08 billion to $1.13 billion, GAAP operating margin of 5.0% to 5.5% and GAAP EPS of $1.40 to $1.58. Our guidance reflects the benefit from ongoing new program ramps and robust customer demand with consideration given to the continuation of supply chain challenges and macroeconomic uncertainty. We also anticipate an impact to GAAP EPS due to the absence of foreign exchange gains and greater interest and income tax expense relative to the prior quarter.”

Quarterly & Annual ComparisonThree Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
(in thousands, except EPS)Oct 1, 2022 Jul 2, 2022 Oct 2, 2021 Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2021
Revenue$1,123,848  $981,341  $843,238  $3,811,368  $3,368,865 
Gross profit 107,105   93,618   78,967   347,229   323,296 
Operating income 62,314   49,561   42,342   178,185   176,268 
Net income 50,457   37,494   33,341   138,243   138,912 
Diluted EPS$1.78  $1.33  $1.16  $4.86  $4.76 
Gross margin 9.5%  9.5%  9.4%  9.1%  9.6%
Operating margin 5.5%  5.1%  5.0%  4.7%  5.2%
ROIC (1) 13.0%  11.5%  15.4%  13.0%  15.4%
Economic return (1) 3.7%  2.2%  7.3%  3.7%  7.3%
(1) Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information in Tables 1 and 2 for non-GAAP financial measures discussed and/or disclosed in this release, such as adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, ROIC and economic return and a reconciliation of these measures to their comparable GAAP measures.

Business Segment and Market Sector Revenue

Plexus measures operational performance and allocates resources on a geographic segment basis. Plexus also reports revenue based on the market sector breakout set forth in the table below, which reflects Plexus’ market sector focused strategy. Top 10 customers comprised 58% of revenue during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. This is up two percentage points from each of the third quarter of fiscal 2022 and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. For fiscal 2022, top 10 customers comprised 56% of revenue, up one percentage point from fiscal 2021.

Business Segments ($ in millions)Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 Oct 1, 2022 Jul 2, 2022 Oct 2, 2021 Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2021
Americas$380  $343  $307  $1,311  $1,318 
Asia-Pacific 689   586   494   2,300   1,851 
Europe, Middle East and Africa 85   84   74   316   313 
Elimination of inter-segment sales (30)  (32)  (32)  (116)  (113)
Total Revenue$1,124  $981  $843  $3,811  $3,369 

Market Sectors ($ in millions)Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 Oct 1, 2022 Jul 2, 2022 Oct 2, 2021 Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2021
Industrial$52046% $45446% $39246% $1,75346% $1,54946%
Healthcare/Life Sciences 46742%  40141%  33340%  1,56541%  1,32739%
Aerospace/Defense 13712%  12613%  11814%  49313%  49315%
Total Revenue$1,124  $981  $843  $3,811  $3,369 

Non-GAAP Supplemental Information

Plexus provides non-GAAP supplemental information, such as ROIC, economic return and free cash flow because such measures are used for internal management goals and decision-making, and because they provide management and investors with additional insight into financial performance. In addition, management uses these and other non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS, to provide a better understanding of core performance for purposes of period-to-period comparisons. Plexus believes that these measures are also useful to investors because they provide further insight by eliminating the effect of non-recurring items that are not reflective of continuing operations. For a full reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to comparable GAAP measures, please refer to the attached Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables.

ROIC and Economic Return

ROIC for fiscal year 2022 was 13.0%. Plexus defines ROIC as tax-effected annualized adjusted operating income divided by average invested capital over a five-quarter period for the fiscal year. Invested capital is defined as equity plus debt and operating lease obligations, less cash and cash equivalents. Plexus' weighted average cost of capital for fiscal 2022 was 9.3%. ROIC for fiscal year 2022 less Plexus’ weighted average cost of capital resulted in an economic return of 3.7%.

Free Cash Flow

Plexus defines free cash flow as cash flows provided by operations less capital expenditures. For the three months ended October 1, 2022, cash flows used in operations was $0.4 million, less capital expenditures of $16.7 million, resulting in negative free cash flow of $17.1 million. For the fiscal year ended October 1, 2022, cash flows used in operations was $26.3 million, less capital expenditures of $101.6 million, resulting in negative free cash flow of $127.9 million.

Cash Cycle DaysThree Months Ended
 Oct 1, 2022 Jul 2, 2022 Oct 2, 2021
Days in Accounts Receivable60 57 56
Days in Contract Assets11 12 13
Days in Inventory144 160 116
Days in Accounts Payable(72) (87) (76)
Days in Cash Deposits(43) (40) (24)
Annualized Cash Cycle *100 102 85
* We calculate cash cycle as the sum of days in accounts receivable, days in contract assets and days in inventory, less days in accounts payable and days in cash deposits.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

What:   Plexus Fiscal 2022 Q4 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
When:   Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Where:   Participants are encouraged to join the live webcast at the investor relations section of the Plexus website, Participants can also join utilizing the links below:

Audio conferencing link: 

Webcast link: 
Replay:   The webcast will be archived on the Plexus website and will be available as on-demand for 12 months

Investor and Media Contact
Shawn Harrison

About Plexus
Since 1979, Plexus has been partnering with companies to create the products that build a better world. We are a team of nearly 25,000 individuals who are dedicated to providing Design and Development, Supply Chain Solutions, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing and Sustaining Services. Plexus is a global leader that specializes in serving customers in industries with highly complex products and demanding regulatory environments. Plexus delivers customer service excellence to leading companies by providing innovative, comprehensive solutions throughout a product’s lifecycle. For more information about Plexus, visit our website at

Safe Harbor and Fair Disclosure Statement
The statements contained in this press release that are guidance or which are not historical facts (such as statements in the future tense and statements including believe, expect, intend, plan, anticipate, goal, target and similar terms and concepts), including all discussions of periods which are not yet completed, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the evolving effect, which may intensify, of COVID-19 on our employees, customers, suppliers, and logistics providers, including the impact of governmental actions being taken to curtail the spread of the virus. Other risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the effect of inflationary pressures on our costs of production, profitability, and on the economic outlook of our markets; the effects of shortages and delays in obtaining components as a result of economic cycles, natural disasters or otherwise; the risk of customer delays, changes, cancellations or forecast inaccuracies in both ongoing and new programs; the lack of visibility of future orders, particularly in view of changing economic conditions; the economic performance of the industries, sectors and customers we serve; the effects of tariffs, trade disputes, trade agreements and other trade protection measures; the effects of the volume of revenue from certain sectors or programs on our margins in particular periods; our ability to secure new customers, maintain our current customer base and deliver product on a timely basis; the risks of concentration of work for certain customers; the particular risks relative to new or recent customers, programs or services, which risks include customer and other delays, start-up costs, potential inability to execute, the establishment of appropriate terms of agreements, and the lack of a track record of order volume and timing; the effects of start-up costs of new programs and facilities or the costs associated with the closure or consolidation of facilities; possible unexpected costs and operating disruption in transitioning programs, including transitions between Company facilities; the risk that new program wins and/or customer demand may not result in the expected revenue or profitability; the fact that customer orders may not lead to long-term relationships; our ability to manage successfully and execute a complex business model characterized by high product mix and demanding quality, regulatory, and other requirements; the risks associated with excess and obsolete inventory, including the risk that inventory purchased on behalf of our customers may not be consumed or otherwise paid for by the customer, resulting in an inventory write-off; risks related to information technology systems and data security; the ability to realize anticipated savings from restructuring or similar actions, as well as the adequacy of related charges as compared to actual expenses; increasing regulatory and compliance requirements; the effects of U.S. Tax Reform, any tax law changes as a result of change in U.S. presidential administration, and of related foreign jurisdiction tax developments; current or potential future barriers to the repatriation of funds that are currently held outside of the United States as a result of actions taken by other countries or otherwise; the potential effects of jurisdictional results on our taxes, tax rates, and our ability to use deferred tax assets and net operating losses; the weakness of areas of the global economy; the effect of changes in the pricing and margins of products; raw materials and component cost fluctuations; the potential effect of fluctuations in the value of the currencies in which we transact business; the effects of changes in economic conditions, political conditions and tax matters in the United States and in the other countries in which we do business; the potential effect of other world or local events or other events outside our control (such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, changes in energy prices, terrorism, global health epidemics and weather events); the impact of increased competition; an inability to successfully manage human capital; changes in financial accounting standards; and other risks detailed herein and in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings, particularly in Risk Factors contained in our fiscal 2021 Form 10-K and subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

(in thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 Oct 1, Oct 2, Oct 1, Oct 2,
  2022   2021   2022   2021 
Net sales$1,123,848  $843,238  $3,811,368  $3,368,865 
Cost of sales 1,016,743   764,271   3,464,139   3,045,569 
Gross profit 107,105   78,967   347,229   323,296 
Operating expenses:       
Selling and administrative expenses 44,791   36,625   167,023   143,761 
Restructuring and impairment charges       2,021   3,267 
Operating income 62,314   42,342   178,185   176,268 
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense (5,544)  (3,159)  (15,858)  (14,253)
Interest income 454   300   1,305   1,372 
Miscellaneous, net (282)  (54)  (5,329)  (2,976)
Income before income taxes 56,942   39,429   158,303   160,411 
Income tax expense 6,485   6,088   20,060   21,499 
Net income$50,457  $33,341  $138,243  $138,912 
Earnings per share:       
Basic$1.82  $1.18  $4.96  $4.86 
Diluted$1.78  $1.16  $4.86  $4.76 
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic 27,710   28,179   27,862   28,575 
Diluted 28,293   28,775   28,439   29,167 

(in thousands, except per share data)
 Oct 1, Oct 2,
  2022   2021 
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$274,805  $270,172 
Restricted cash 665   341 
Accounts receivable 737,696   519,684 
Contract assets 138,540   115,283 
Inventories 1,602,783   972,312 
Prepaid expenses and other 61,633   53,094 
Total current assets 2,816,122   1,930,886 
Property, plant and equipment, net 444,705   395,094 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 65,134   72,087 
Deferred income taxes 39,075   27,385 
Other assets 28,189   36,441 
Total non-current assets 577,103   531,007 
     Total assets$3,393,225  $2,461,893 
Current liabilities:   
Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations$273,971  $66,313 
Accounts payable 805,583   634,969 
Customer deposits 480,486   204,985 
Accrued salaries and wages 88,876   75,394 
Other accrued liabilities 357,273   147,042 
Total current liabilities 2,006,189   1,128,703 
Long-term debt and finance lease obligations, net of current portion 187,776   187,033 
Accrued income taxes payable 42,019   47,974 
Long-term operating lease liabilities 33,628   37,970 
Deferred income taxes 6,327   5,677 
Other liabilities 21,555   26,304 
Total non-current liabilities 291,305   304,958 
     Total liabilities 2,297,494   1,433,661 
Shareholders’ equity:   
Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000 shares authorized,   
54,084 and 53,849 shares issued, respectively,   
and 27,679 and 28,047 shares outstanding, respectively 541   538 
Additional paid-in-capital 652,467   639,778 
Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 26,405 and 25,802, respectively (1,093,483)  (1,043,091)
Retained earnings 1,572,234   1,433,991 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (36,028)  (2,984)
Total shareholders’ equity 1,095,731   1,028,232 
     Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$3,393,225  $2,461,893 

(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  Oct 1, Jul 2, Oct 2, Oct 1, Oct 2,
   2022   2022   2021   2022   2021 
Operating income, as reported$62,314  $49,561  $42,342  $178,185  $176,268 
Operating margin, as reported 5.5%  5.1%  5.0%  4.7%  5.2%
Non-GAAP adjustments:         
Restructuring and impairment charges (1)          2,021   3,267 
Adjusted operating income$62,314  $49,561  $42,342  $180,206  $179,535 
Adjusted operating margin 5.5%  5.1%  5.0%  4.7%  5.3%
Net income, as reported$50,457  $37,494  $33,341  $138,243  $138,912 
Non-GAAP adjustments:         
Restructuring and impairment charges, net of tax (1)          1,809   2,924 
Adjusted net income$50,457  $37,494  $33,341  $140,052  $141,836 
Diluted earnings per share, as reported$1.78  $1.33  $1.16  $4.86  $4.76 
Non-GAAP per share adjustments:         
Restructuring and impairment charges, net of tax (1)          0.06   0.10 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share$1.78  $1.33  $1.16  $4.92  $4.86 
(1) During the twelve months ended October 1, 2022, restructuring and impairment charges of $2.0 million, or $1.8 million net of taxes, were primarily incurred for employee severance costs associated with a facility transition in the Company’s APAC region. During the twelve months ended October 2, 2021, restructuring and impairment charges of $3.3 million, or $2.9 million net of taxes, were incurred for employee severance costs associated with the reduction of the Company's workforce primarily in the EMEA and AMER regions.

(in thousands)
ROIC and Economic Return Calculations Twelve Months Ended Nine Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 Oct 1, Jul 2, Oct 2,
 2022 2022 2021
Operating income, as reported $178,185   $115,871   $176,268 
Restructuring and impairment charges+ 2,021  + 2,021  + 3,267 
Adjusted operating income $180,206   $117,892   $179,535 
    ÷ 3    
    x 4    
Adjusted annualized operating income $180,206   $157,188   $179,535 
Adjusted effective tax ratex 13% x 14% x 13%
Tax impact  23,427    22,006    23,340 
Adjusted operating income (tax effected) $156,779   $135,182   $156,195 
Average invested capital÷$1,207,357  ÷$1,178,134  ÷$1,014,742 
ROIC  13.0%   11.5%   15.4%
Weighted average cost of capital- 9.3% - 9.3% - 8.1%
Economic return  3.7%   2.2%   7.3%

 Three Months Ended
Average Invested Capital CalculationsOct 1, Jul 2, Apr 2, Jan 1, Oct 2,
  2022   2022   2022   2022   2021 
Equity$1,095,731  $1,058,190  $1,040,591  $1,044,095  $1,028,232 
Debt and finance lease obligations - current 273,971   250,012   222,393   151,417   66,313 
Operating lease obligations - current (1) 7,948   8,640   9,266   9,507   9,877 
Debt and finance lease obligations - long-term 187,776   184,707   186,069   187,075   187,033 
Operating lease obligations - long-term 33,628   32,270   34,347   36,343   37,970 
Cash and cash equivalents (274,805)  (276,608)  (307,964)  (217,067)  (270,172)
 $1,324,249  $1,257,211  $1,184,702  $1,211,370  $1,059,253 

 Three Months Ended
Average Invested Capital CalculationsJul 3, Apr 3, Jan 2, Oct 3,
  2021   2021   2021   2020 
Equity$1,020,450  $1,013,952  $1,006,959  $977,480 
Debt and finance lease obligations - current 60,468   50,229   148,408   146,829 
Operating lease obligations - current (1) 9,130   9,314   9,351   7,724 
Debt and finance lease obligations - long-term 187,690   188,730   188,148   187,975 
Operating lease obligations - long-term 33,193   34,751   37,052   36,779 
Cash and cash equivalents (303,255)  (294,370)  (356,724)  (385,807)
 $1,007,676  $1,002,606  $1,033,194  $970,980 

(1)Included in other accrued liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

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