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Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc., a leading global provider of high-quality, technologically advanced flexible printed circuits and assemblies, today reported preliminary financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015.
The Company expects fourth quarter 2015 net sales of approximately $169 million, slightly below the Company's guidance range. Gross margin during fourth quarter 2015 is expected to be approximately 11.3-11.8 percent, within the Company's guidance range. MFLEX expects to provide its complete financial results and business outlook in its earnings release and conference call on February 4, 2016.
Reza Meshgin, Chief Executive Officer of MFLEX, commented, "Our fourth quarter sales results were impacted by softness in our smartphone segment. Notwithstanding the lower than anticipated demand, we had solid operational performance and proactively controlled our costs, and expect our sixth consecutive quarter of strong profitability. We also successfully managed our working capital, generating strong operating cash flows of approximately $51 million, and growing our cash balance to $214 million, an all-time record for MFLEX."
Mr. Meshgin continued, "Looking ahead to first quarter 2016, which is typically our seasonally slower period, we expect revenue to decline approximately 30 percent sequentially. Although we will continue to work on cost improvements, we also anticipate a sequential decline in gross margin based on the lower anticipated revenues and overhead absorption, resulting in approximately break-even or slightly negative net earnings for first quarter 2016. Looking further ahead, we anticipate a rebound in net sales in the second half of 2016, which we believe will drive meaningful year-over-year sales growth for full year 2016."
MFLEX is a global provider of high-quality, technologically advanced flexible printed circuits and assemblies to the electronics industry. The Company is one of a limited number of manufacturers that provides a seamless, integrated end-to-end flexible printed circuit solution for customers, ranging from design and application engineering, prototyping and high-volume manufacturing to turnkey component assembly and testing. The Company targets its solutions within the electronics market and, in particular, focuses on applications where flexible printed circuits are the enabling technology in achieving a desired size, shape, weight or functionality of an electronic device. Current applications for the Company's products include smartphones, tablets, computer/data storage, portable bar code scanners, personal computers, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. MFLEX's common stock is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol MFLX.