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 AVX Corporation Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results
   Friday, April 28, 2017 8:36:07 AM ET

AVX Corporation (AVX ) today reported preliminary unaudited results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

Chief Executive Officer and President, John Sarvis, stated, "We completed the fourth quarter of our fiscal year with net sales of $329.6 million and gross profit of $73.7 million, or 22.4 percent, reflecting solid operating performance in an uncertain and unpredictable global economy. These results reflect our focus on providing our customers with the value-added electronic components and interconnect devices they require in today’s sophisticated electronic products as well as our continued commitment to cost control in our operations. Once again, we saw a build in our order backlog during the quarter and increased distribution customer activity. We will continue to make investments in manufacturing plant expansion and product line increases to support our customers’ growing requirements."

For the quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, net sales were $329.6 million and $1,312.7 million, respectively, compared to net sales of $303.6 million and $1,195.5 million, respectively, for the same periods last year reflecting improving global markets for our components and interconnect devices.

Profit from operations for the three and twelve month periods ended March 31, 2017 include charges of $6.8 million and $34.9 million, respectively, related to previously disclosed intellectual property damages awards resulting from litigation with respect to a patent infringement case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware by Presidio Components, Inc. ("Presidio litigation"). Net sales for the three and twelve month periods ended March 31, 2017 include $6.1 million and $21.4 million, respectively, from increased sales prices related to the affected products which have the effect of partially offsetting the effect of the intellectual property damages awards.

Additionally, profit from operations was impacted by the accrual of estimated environmental remediation costs and the settlement of certain other litigation. Profit from operations for the twelve month period ended March 31, 2017 reflects a charge of $3.6 million related to estimated environmental remediation costs resulting from legacy environmental issues at an inactive property.

Profit from operations for the three month period ended March 31, 2016 reflects charges of $1.7 million, related to certain litigation involving legacy environmental issues and amounts awarded in a patent infringement case. Profit from operations for the twelve month period ended March 31, 2016 reflects charges of $45.3 million, of which $37.8 million is related to amounts awarded in a patent infringement case and $7.5 million is related to the settlement of certain litigation involving legacy environmental issues.

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $33.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to net income of $32.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 was $125.8 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, compared to net income of $101.5 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.

The net effect of the Presidio litigation damages awards and the higher selling prices discussed above was a negative impact on net income of $0.4 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, and $8.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the three and twelve month periods ended March 31, 2017, respectively.

Chief Financial Officer, Kurt Cummings, stated, "In keeping with our long-term strategy, we continue to foster our financial strength in order to allow flexibility for investments in potential acquisitions, materials, equipment and people to support the long-term growth of the Company. As of March 31, 2017, we had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments in securities of approximately $1.1 billion and no debt. We continued to use our resources to provide value to our stockholders during the quarter by paying $18.5 million in dividends to stockholders."

AVX, headquartered in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad line of passive electronic components and related products.

Please visit our website at www.avx.com.

                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                    AVX CORPORATION
                                                                                                                                                      Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income
                                                                                                                                                                      (unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                         (in thousands, except per share data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                         Three Months Ended                                                                                                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                                                    March 31,                                                                                                                                            March 31,
                                                                                      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                          -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                  2016                                                                   2017                                                                    2016                                                                           2017
                                                                                      -----------------------------                                          -----------------------------                                          -------------------------------                                          ------------------------------------------
Net sales                                                                                                $ 303,605                                                              $ 329,578                                                              $ 1,195,529                                                              $            1,312,661
Cost of sales                                                                                              229,529                                                                249,119                                                                  906,460                                                                             993,016
Intellectual property damages award                                                           -                                               6,757                                                     -                                                           34,890
                                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
Gross profit                                                                                                74,076                                                                 73,702                                                                  289,069                                                                             284,755
Selling, general & admin. expense                                                                           32,172                                                                 28,624                                                                  119,767                                                                             117,598
Legal and environmental charges                                                           1,668                                                   -                                                45,318                                                            3,600
                                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
Profit (loss) from operations                                                                               40,236                                                                 45,078                                                                  123,984                                                                             163,557
Other income, net                                                                         3,076                                               2,193                                                 8,168                                                           11,392
                                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
Income (loss) before income taxes                                                                           43,312                                                                 47,271                                                                  132,152                                                                             174,949
Provision (benefit) for taxes                                                            10,647                                              13,414                                                30,617                                                           49,164
                                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
Net income                                                                                               $  32,665                                                              $  33,857                                                              $   101,535                                                              $              125,785
                                                                                      ==================== =======                                           ==================== =======                                           ==================== =========                                           ==================== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Basic income per share                                                                                   $    0.19                                                              $    0.20                                                              $      0.61                                                              $                 0.75
Diluted income per share                                                                                 $    0.19                                                              $    0.20                                                              $      0.60                                                              $                 0.75
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
       Basic                                                                                               167,535                                                                167,832                                                                  167,797                                                                             167,506
       Diluted                                                                                             167,605                                                                168,411                                                                  167,961                                                                             167,837
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                    
                                                                                              AVX CORPORATION
                                                                                   Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
                                                                                                (unaudited)
                                                                                              (in thousands)
                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                   March 31,                                                                      March 31,
                                                                                                     2016                                                                           2017
                                                                                        -------------------------------                                          ------------------------------------------
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                  $   454,208                                                              $              578,634
Short-term investments in securities                                                                           494,594                                                                             528,748
Accounts receivable, net                                                                                       168,672                                                                             186,804
Inventories                                                                                                    484,268                                                                             474,128
Other current assets                                                                         85,149                                                           68,090
                                                                                        -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
  Total current assets                                                                                       1,686,891                                                                           1,836,404
Long-term investments in securities                                                                             85,577                                                                                   -
Property, plant and equipment, net                                                                             217,998                                                                             239,951
Goodwill and other intangibles                                                                                 270,605                                                                             266,701
Other assets                                                                                148,748                                                          134,357
                                                                                        -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                       
   TOTAL ASSETS                                                                                            $ 2,409,819                                                              $            2,477,413
                                                                                        ==================== =========                                           ==================== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Accounts payable                                                                                           $    78,168                                                              $               80,441
Income taxes payable and accrued expenses                                                   102,134                                                          135,626
                                                                                        -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
  Total current liabilities                                                                                    180,302                                                                             216,067
Other liabilities                                                                            52,411                                                           44,867
                                                                                        -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                       
   TOTAL LIABILITIES                                                                                           232,713                                                                             260,934
                                                                                                                                                                                       
   TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                                                             2,177,106                                                        2,216,479
                                                                                        -------------------- ---------                                           -------------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                       
   TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                                                              $ 2,409,819                                                              $            2,477,413
                                                                                        ==================== =========                                           ==================== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                       

This Press Release contains "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding industry prospects and future results of operations or financial position, made in this Press Release are forward-looking. The forward-looking information may include, among other information, statements concerning our outlook for fiscal year 2018, overall volume and pricing trends, potential for future growth, cost reduction and acquisition strategies and their anticipated results, expectations for research and development, and capital expenditures. There may also be other statements of expectations, beliefs, outlook, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations and are inherently uncertain. Our expectations and assumptions are expressed in good faith and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will materialize or prove to be correct as forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual future results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including without limitation, changes in the global economy or the economy of any locality in which we conduct business; changes in general industry and market conditions or regional growth or declines; loss of business from increased competition; higher raw material costs or raw material shortages; changes in consumer and customer preferences for end products; customer losses; changes in regulatory conditions; unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates among the various jurisdictions in which we operate; market acceptance of our new products; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; negative impacts of environmental investigations or other governmental investigations and associated litigation; tax assessments by governmental authorities and changes in our effective tax rate; dependence on and relationships with customers and suppliers; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Forward-looking statements should be read in context with, and with the understanding of, the various other disclosures concerning the Company and its business made elsewhere in this Press Release as well as other public reports filed by the Company with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results or developments.

Any forward-looking statements by the Company are intended to speak as of the date thereof. We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this Press Release to reflect new events or circumstances unless and to the extent required by applicable law. All forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and, to the extent it may be applicable by way of incorporation of statements contained in this Press Release by reference or otherwise, Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, each of which establishes a safe-harbor from private actions for forward-looking statements as defined in those statutes.

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SOURCE: AVX Corporation

AVX Corporation, Fountain Inn 
Kurt Cummings, 864-967-9303 
investor.relations@avx.com


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