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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM 10-K

☒     Annual report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of  1934

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019.

     Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Commission File Number 0-25150

STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Wisconsin

 

39-1804239

(State of Incorporation)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

3333 West Good Hope Road, Milwaukee, WI 53209

(Address of principal executive offices)

(414) 247-3333

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol

Name of exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $.01 par value

 

STRT

The NASDAQ Stock Market

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes  No

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.

Yes  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).

Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.:

 

Large accelerated filer

 

  

Accelerated filer

 

 

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

  

Smaller Reporting Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

  

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).      Yes   No

The aggregate market value of the voting Common Stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of December 28, 2018 (the last business day of the Registrant’s most recently completed second quarter), was approximately $106,933,000 (based upon the last reported sale price of the Common Stock at December 28, 2018 on the NASDAQ Global Market).  Shares of common stock held by any executive officer or director of the registrant have been excluded from this computation because such persons may be deemed to be affiliates.  This determination of affiliate status is not a conclusive determination for other purposes.

On August 2, 2019, there were outstanding 3,755,027 shares of the Registrant’s $.01 par value Common Stock (which includes any unvested restricted shares previously awarded).

 


Documents Incorporated by Reference

 Document

  

Part of the Form 10-K
into which incorporated

 

 

 

Portions of the Proxy Statement dated September 5, 2019, for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on October 8, 2019.

  

III

 

 


STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION

ANNUAL REPORT IN FORM 10-K

June 30, 2019

 

 

 

 

Page

PART I

 

 

2

Item 1.

 

BUSINESS

2

Item 1A.

 

RISK FACTORS

11

Item 1B.

 

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

15

Item 2.

 

PROPERTIES

15

Item 3.

 

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

15

Item 4.

 

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

15

PART II

 

 

16

Item 5.

 

MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

16

Item 6.

 

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

16

Item 7.

 

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

17

Item 7A.

 

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

24

Item 8.

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

25

Item 9.

 

CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

53

Item 9A.

 

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

53

Item 9B.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

56

PART III

 

 

57

Item 10.

 

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

57

Item 11.

 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

57

Item 12.

 

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS

57

Item 13.

 

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

57

Item 14.

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

57

PART IV

 

 

58

Item 15.

 

EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

58

ITEM 16.

 

FORM 10-K SUMMARY

59

SIGNATURES

 

 

60

 

 

 

 


SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

A number of the matters and subject areas discussed in this Form 10-K as well as in portions of the Company’s Proxy Statement, dated September 5, 2019, which is incorporated herein by reference, contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “would,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “planned,” “potential,” “should,” “will” and “could,” or the negative of these terms or words of similar meaning.  These statements include expected future financial results, product offerings, global expansion, liquidity needs, financing ability, planned capital expenditures, management’s or the Company’s expectations and beliefs, and similar matters discussed, or otherwise incorporated herein by reference, in this Form 10-K.  The discussions of such matters and subject areas are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, and also may materially differ from the Company’s actual future experience.  

The Company’s business, operations and financial performance are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could result in material differences in actual results from the Company’s current expectations.  These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, in particular relating to the automotive industry, consumer demand for the Company’s and its customers’ products, competitive and technological developments, customer purchasing actions, changes in warranty provisions and customers’ recall policies, foreign currency fluctuations, uncertainties stemming from U.S. trade policies, tariffs and reactions to the same from foreign countries, costs of operations (including fluctuations in the cost of raw materials), the volume and scope of product returns and warranty claims and other matters described under “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of this report.

Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements made herein are only made as of the date of this Form 10-K and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances occurring after the date of this Form 10-K.

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PART I

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

Basic Business

STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION designs, develops, manufactures and markets automotive access control products including mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, latches, power sliding side door systems, power lift gate systems, power deck lid systems, door handles and related products for North American automotive customers. We also supply global automotive manufacturers through a unique strategic joint venture relationship with WITTE Automotive (“WITTE”) of Velbert, Germany and ADAC Plastics Inc., doing business as ADAC Automotive (“ADAC”), of Grand Rapids, Michigan called VAST Automotive Group (“VAST”). Under this unique strategic relationship STRATTEC, WITTE and ADAC market the products of each company to global customers under the “VAST Automotive Group” brand name (as more fully described Vehicle Access Systems Technology LLC herein). STRATTEC’s products are shipped to customer locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Korea, China and India, and we provide full service and aftermarket support for each VAST Automotive Group partners’ products.

History

The product line that became STRATTEC was part of Briggs & Stratton Corporation’s founding business in 1908. In 1995, STRATTEC was spun off from Briggs & Stratton through a tax-free distribution to the then-existing Briggs & Stratton shareholders and has been an independent public company for over twenty-four years.

Our history in the automotive security business spans over 110 years. STRATTEC has been the world’s largest producer of automotive locks and keys since the late 1920s, and we currently maintain a significant share of the North American markets for these products.

Products

Our traditional products are lock sets (locks and keys) for cars and light trucks. Typically, two keys are provided with each vehicle lockset.  Most of the vehicles we currently supply are using keys with sophisticated radio frequency identification technology for additional theft prevention. Keys with remote entry devices integrated into a single unit and bladeless electronic keys have been added to our product line and are gaining in popularity.

Ignition lock housings represent another access control product for us. These housings are the mating part for our ignition locks and typically are part of the steering column structure, although there are instrument panel-mounted versions for certain vehicle applications. These housings are either die cast from zinc or injection molded plastic and may include electronic components for theft deterrent systems.  

We have developed and are continuing to develop access control products, including trunk latches, lift gate latches, tailgate latches, hood latches, side door latches and related hardware. With our acquisition of Delphi Corporation’s Power Products Group in fiscal 2009, we are now supplying power access devices for sliding side doors, lift gates and trunk lids. Through a joint venture formed with ADAC Automotive during fiscal 2007, we also supply painted and non-painted door handles and components and related vehicle access hardware.

In recent years, more and more vehicle access systems have moved from purely mechanical components to integrated electro-mechanical systems. STRATTEC has been at the forefront of this new technology, working with Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEMs) product development and purchasing groups to provide cost-effective, innovative solutions to the challenges facing our customers.

STRATTEC’s customer-focused structure and formalized product development process helps us identify and meet customer needs in the shortest time possible. Form concept and design, through implementation and into the aftermarket, STRATTEC delivers products that provide the optimum value solution to security and access control requirements. We have a comprehensive Products & Solutions portfolio that can be viewed on our website at www.strattec.com (see “Available Information” below for additional information).

To maintain a strong focus on each of these access control products, we have Product Business Managers who oversee the product’s entire life cycle, including product concept, application, manufacturing, warranty analysis, service/aftermarket, and financial/commercial issues. The Product Business Managers work closely with our sales organization, our engineering group, and our manufacturing operations to ensure their products are receiving the right amount of quality attention so that their value to STRATTEC and the market place is enhanced.

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Markets

We are a direct supplier to OEM automotive and light truck manufacturers as well as other transportation-related manufacturers. Our largest customers are Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company. Our access control product mix varies by customer, but generally our overall sales tend to be highest in lock and key, including aftermarket produced by STRATTEC de Mexico, followed by door handles and trim components produced by ADAC-STRATTEC de Mexico, power access products produced by STRATTEC Power Access de Mexico, and latch mechanisms and ignition lock housing produced by STRATTEC de Mexico. See Operations discussion included herein for further description.

Direct sales to various OEMs represented approximately 77% of our total sales for fiscal 2019.  The remainder of our revenue is received primarily through sales to the OEM service channels, the aftermarket and Tier 1 automotive supplier customers, and sales of certain products to non-automotive commercial customers.

Sales to our major automotive customers, both OEM and Tier 1, are coordinated through direct sales personnel located in our Detroit-area office. Sales are also facilitated through daily interaction between our Program Managers, Application Engineers and other product engineering personnel. Sales to other OEM customers are accomplished through a combination of our sales personnel located in Detroit and personnel in our Milwaukee headquarters office.

The majority of our OEM products are sold in North America. While some exporting is done to Tier 1 and automotive assembly plants in Europe, Asia and South America, we are in the process of expanding our presence in these markets and elsewhere through the Vehicle Access Systems Technology LLC (VAST LLC) joint venture we jointly own with WITTE Automotive and ADAC Automotive.  VAST is described in more detail on pages 4, 5, 43 and 44 in this Form 10-K.

OEM service and replacement parts are sold to the OEM’s own service operations. In addition, we distribute our components and security products to the automotive aftermarket through approximately 50 authorized wholesale distributors, as well as other marketers and users of component parts, including export customers. Increasingly, our products find their way into the retail channel, specifically the hardware store channel. Our ability to provide a full line of keys to that channel has been accomplished through the introduction of the STRATTEC “XL” key line. This extension to our product line includes keys that we currently do not supply on an OEM basis, including keys for Toyota, Honda and other popular domestic and import vehicles. This extended line of keys enables automotive repair specialists to satisfy consumer needs for repair or replacement parts. Our aftermarket activities are serviced through a warehousing operation in El Paso, Texas.

Customer Sales Focus

To bring the proper focus to the relationships with our major customers, we have seven customer-focused teams, each with a Director of Sales, one or two Engineering Program Managers and various Customer Application Engineers. In addition to customer teams for General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, we currently have teams for New Domestic Vehicle Manufacturers (primarily the Japanese and Korean automotive manufactures), Driver Control/Ignition Lock Housing customers, Tier 1 customers, and Service and Aftermarket customers. Sales and engineering for ADAC-STRATTEC LLC (described in greater detail below) are supported by our partner in this joint venture, ADAC Automotive.  

Each Sales Director is responsible for the overall relationship between STRATTEC and a specific customer group.  Program Managers are responsible for coordinating cross functional activities while managing new product programs for their customers.

Product Engineering Focus

To best serve our customers’ product needs, STRATTEC’s engineering resources are organized into groups which focus on specific access control applications. We currently have six engineering groups:  Locks and Keys, Aftermarket, Latches, Power Access Devices, Driver Control/Ignition Lock Housings and Electrical. Each group has a Product Business Manager, an Engineering Manager and a complement of skilled engineers who design and develop products for specific applications. In doing this, each engineering group works closely with both the customer and product teams, Engineering Program Managers, and Application Engineers.

Underlying this organization is a formalized product development process to identify and meet customer needs in the shortest possible time. By following this streamlined development system, we shorten product lead times, tighten our response to market changes and provide our customers with the optimum value solution to their security/access control requirements. STRATTEC is also IATF 16949:2016 and ISO 14001 certified. This means we embrace the philosophy that quality should exist not only in the finished product, but in every step of our processes as well.

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Operations

A significant number of the components that go into our products are manufactured at our headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This facility produces zinc die cast components, stampings and milled key blades. We have three owned production facilities currently in operation in Juarez, Mexico operating as STRATTEC de Mexico. Plant No. 1 houses assembly operations for locksets and ignition lock housings. Plant No. 2 was built during fiscal 2009 to replace a leased facility. It houses our key finishing and plastic injection molding operations, as well as containing dedicated space for the assembly operations of ADAC-STRATTEC de Mexico. Plant No. 3 was purchased in fiscal 2015 and houses both latch and power access assembly operations for STRATTEC Power Access de Mexico. Plant No. 4 is in Leon, Mexico and houses our custom paint system for door handles and assembly for ADAC-STRATTEC de Mexico and is owned by the ADAC-STRATTEC de Mexico joint venture. This facility became operational during the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Vehicle Access Systems Technology LLC

In fiscal 2001, we entered into a formal alliance with WITTE-Velbert GmbH, an automotive supplier based in Germany which designs, develops, manufactures and markets automotive access control products for European-based customers. This alliance consisted of two initiatives. The first was a set of legal agreements which allowed STRATTEC to manufacture and market WITTE’s core products in North America, and WITTE to manufacture and market STRATTEC’s core products in Europe. The second initiative was a 50:50 joint venture, WITTE-STRATTEC LLC, to invest in operations with local partners in strategic markets outside of Europe and North America.

In February of 2006, we announced the expansion of this alliance and related joint venture with the addition of a third partner, ADAC Plastics, Inc.  ADAC, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, adds North American expertise in door handles, a part of WITTE’s core product line that STRATTEC did not support, and an expertise in color-matched painting of these components.

With the expansion of the alliance, we can offer a full range of access control related products available on a global basis to support customer programs. To identify this powerful combination of independent companies focused on working together, we renamed the joint venture Vehicle Access Systems Technology LLC (VAST LLC). We now refer to the combination of the alliance structure and joint venture as “VAST Automotive Group” (VAST). WITTE is now called WITTE Automotive, and ADAC is now doing business as ADAC Automotive. We have adopted a common graphic image in which we share a logo mark and colors, and a specific VAST logo used on the partners’ printed and electronic presentation materials. What is now VAST made investments with a local partner in Brazil in September, 2001, and local partners in China in March, 2002. However, during fiscal 2010, VAST LLC purchased the remaining 40 percent interest of its local partners in the China venture. VAST China is now wholly owned by VAST LLC and had annual net sales of approximately $162 million and $174 million during fiscal 2019 and 2018, respectively. This was an important step which gives STRATTEC a one-third interest in VAST China’s activities in the important growing Chinese/Asian market for manufacturing and assembly of painted door handles, locksets and latch products. VAST China currently operates out of two manufacturing facilities in Taicang and Fuzhou, China and is in the process of constructing a new third manufacturing facility in Jingzhou, China, which is expected to be operational during the fourth quarter of our fiscal 2020 to support new growth in the China market. In March, 2014, VAST LLC purchased the remaining 49 percent interest of its local partner in Brazil, which had annual net sales of approximately $724,000 and $1 million during fiscal years 2019 and 2018, respectively.

On April 30, 2015 VAST LLC executed a purchase agreement to become a 50:50 Joint Venture partner with Minda Management Services Limited, an affiliate of both Minda Corporation Limited and Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group of New Delhi, India (collectively, “Minda”). As part of this transaction, VAST acquired a fifty percent equity interest in the former Minda-Valeo Security Systems joint venture entity, based in Pune, India, for approximately $12 million. This joint venture entity was renamed Minda-VAST Access Systems (“Minda-VAST”). Minda-VAST has operations in Pune and Delhi and had annual sales of approximately $30 million and $36 million during fiscal years 2019 and 2018, respectively. Minda is a leading manufacturer of security & access products and handles, for both OEMs and the aftermarket in India. Minda-VAST financial results are accounted for on the equity method of accounting by VAST LLC.

For further VAST LLC financial information, see “Equity Earnings of Joint Ventures” included in Notes to Financial Statements under Item 8 in this Form 10-K.

VAST is the embodiment of STRATTEC’s, WITTE’s and ADAC’s globalization strategy. We are developing VAST as a global brand with which we are jointly pursuing business with identified global customers. Those identified customers are General Motors, Ford, Fiat/Chrysler, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Renault/Nissan and Hyundai/Kia.

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To manage our customer relationships and coordinate global ventures and activities, we have established a VAST Management Group led by a President. The Management Group includes three Vice Presidents, one each from WITTE, STRATTEC and ADAC. With the focus provided by this Management Group, VAST is able to manage global programs with a single point of contact for customers, with the added advantage of providing regional support from the partners’ operating entities. Combined with VAST LLC’s ventures in China and Brazil, and sales/engineering offices in Japan and Korea, this structure establishes our global footprint.

 

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STRATTEC de MEXICO

We have formed STRATTEC de Mexico as a wholly owned subsidiary of STRATTEC to own and operate three production facilities in Juarez, Mexico. At these three facilities we house our assembly operations for locksets and ignition lock housings, our key finishing and plastic injection molding operations, our assembly operations for ADAC-STRATTEC de Mexico noted below and our latch and power access assembly operations for STRATTEC POWER ACCESS de Mexico noted below.

 

ADAC-STRATTEC LLC and ADAC-STRATTEC de MEXICO

During fiscal 2007, we formed a new entity with ADAC Automotive called ADAC-STRATTEC LLC including a wholly owned Mexican subsidiary ADAC-STRATTEC de Mexico (collectively, ASdM). The purpose of this joint venture is to produce certain ADAC and STRATTEC products utilizing ADAC’s plastic molding injection expertise and STRATTEC’s assembly capability. ASdM currently operates out of defined space in STRATTEC de Mexico Plant No. 2 located in Juarez, Mexico. Products from this joint venture include non-painted door handle components and exterior trim components for OEM customers producing in North America. STRATTEC owns 51% of this joint venture and its financial results are consolidated into STRATTEC’s financial statements. In our fiscal years ending 2019 and 2018, ASdM was profitable and represented $117.0 million and $88.8 million, respectively, of our consolidated net sales. STRATTEC de Mexico Plant No. 4 is in Leon, Mexico and houses our custom paint system for door handles and assembly for ADAC-STRATTEC de Mexico. This facility became operational during the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

STRATTEC POWER ACCESS LLC and STRATTEC POWER ACCESS de MEXICO

During fiscal year 2009, we formed a new subsidiary with WITTE Automotive called STRATTEC POWER ACCESS LLC (SPA) to acquire the North American business of the Delphi Power Products Group.  WITTE is a 20 percent minority owner. SPA in turn owns 100 percent of a Mexican subsidiary, STRATTEC POWER ACCESS de Mexico. The purpose of this subsidiary is to produce power access devices for sliding side doors, lift gates and trunk lids. STRATTEC POWER ACCESS de Mexico currently operates out of defined space in STRATTEC de Mexico Plant No. 3 located in Juarez, Mexico. Financial results for SPA are consolidated in STRATTEC’s financial statements. For fiscal years ending 2019 and 2018, SPA was profitable and represented $92.7 million and $86.4 million, respectively, of our consolidated net sales.

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STRATTEC Advanced Logic LLC

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, we formed a new joint venture with Actuator Systems LLC called NextLock LLC subsequently renamed STRATTEC Advanced Logic LLC. The initial capitalization of the joint venture was $1.5 million. The purpose of this joint venture is to assemble and sell the next generation of biometric security products based upon the residential and commercial designs of Actuator Systems. This joint venture had minimal sales activity in both fiscal 2019 and 2018. During fiscal 2018, we, along with our joint venture partner, reduced operating the business of STRATTEC Advanced Logic LLC to winding down and selling only RTS commercial biometric locks. STRATTEC owns 51% of this joint venture and its financial results are accounted for on the equity method of accounting.

Seasonal Nature of the Business

The manufacturing of components used in automobiles is driven by the normal peaks and valleys associated with the automotive industry. Typically, the months of July and August are relatively slow as summer vacation shutdowns and model year changeovers occur at the automotive assembly plants. September volumes increase rapidly as each new model year begins. This volume strength continues through October and into early November. As the holiday and winter seasons approach, the demand for automobiles slows, as does production.  March usually brings a major sales and production increase, which then continues through most of June. This results in our first fiscal quarter sales and operating results typically being our weakest, with the remaining quarters being more consistent.  

 


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Vehicle List

2020 Vehicles

We are proud to be associated with many of the quality vehicles produced in North America and elsewhere.  

The following cars and light trucks are equipped with STRATTEC components during our 2020 fiscal year:

 

PASSENGER CARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acura NSX

 

Chevrolet Impala  

 

Lincoln  Continental

Aston Martin DB 11*

 

Chevrolet Malibu

 

Lincoln MKZ

Aston Martin Rapide *

 

Chevrolet Sonic *

 

Maserati Ghibli *

Aston Martin Vanquish*

 

Chevrolet Spin *

 

Maserati Quattroporte *

Aston Martin Vantage *

 

Chrysler 300

 

Opel Adam *  

Buick Excelle *

 

Dodge Challenger

 

Opel Astra *  

Buick LaCrosse *

 

Dodge Charger

 

Opel Cascada *

Buick Regal *

 

Ford Focus *

 

Opel Corsa*

Cadillac ATS *  

 

Ford Fusion

 

Tesla Model S  

Cadillac CT6*    

 

Ford GT

 

Tesla Model X    

Cadillac XTS *  

 

Ford Ka *

 

Tesla Model 3    

Chevrolet Bolt EV

 

Ford Mustang

 

Volkswagen Jetta

Chevrolet Camaro

 

Honda Accord

 

 

Chevrolet Corvette

 

Honda Civic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIGHT TRUCKS, VANS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acura MDX    

 

Dodge Durango

 

Honda Odyssey

Acura RDX    

 

Dodge Grand Caravan

 

Jeep Cherokee

Buick Enclave

 

Dodge Journey

 

Jeep Compass

Buick Encore*

 

Ford Edge

 

Jeep Gladiator

Buick Envision*  

 

Ford Escape                        

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Cadillac Escalade

 

Ford Expedition

 

Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler

Cadillac Escalade ESV

 

Ford Explorer

 

    Unlimited

Cadillac XT4

 

Ford Flex

 

Kia Carnival *

Cadillac XT5

 

Ford F-Series Pickup

 

Kia Sedona *

Chevrolet Blazer

 

Ford F-Series Super Duty

 

Lincoln Avaitor

Chevrolet Colorado *

 

    Pickup

 

Lincoln Corsair

Chevrolet Equinox

 

Ford Ranger

 

Lincoln MKC

Chevrolet Express Van

 

Ford Transit Connect *

 

Lincoln MKT

Chevrolet Silverado &

 

GMC Acadia

 

Lincoln MKX

     Silverado HD Pickup

 

GMC Terrain

 

Lincoln Nautilus

Chevrolet Suburban

 

GMC Canyon *

 

Lincoln Navigator

Chevrolet Tahoe

 

GMC Savana

 

Maserati Levante *    

Chevrolet Trail Blazer *

 

GMC Sierra & Sierra HD

 

Opel Mokka *

Chevrolet Trax *

 

    Pickup

 

Ram 1500/2500/3500

Chevrolet Traverse

 

GMC Yukon and Yukon XL

 

    Pickup

Chrysler Pacifica

 

Honda CRV

 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Chrysler Voyager

 

Honda RDX

 

 

 

* Vehicles produced outside of North America, or both in and outside North America.

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Emerging Technologies

Automotive vehicle access systems, which are both theft deterrent and consumer friendly, are trending toward electro-mechanical devices.  Electronic companies are developing user identification systems such as bio-systems, card holder (transmitter) systems, etc., while mechanical locks, keys, housings, and latches are evolving to accommodate electronics. We believe we are positioning ourselves as a vehicle access control supplier by building our product, engineering and manufacturing expertise in the required electro-mechanical products, which include vehicle access latches, keys with remote entry electronic systems, and ignition interface systems with passive start capabilities. As the automotive industry continues developing various levels of autonomous vehicles, we believe that we are well positioned to continue the development and incorporation of power sliding doors, power end gates and other consumer convenience features into these types of vehicles.

These technologies benefit us by increasing its potential customer base as a Tier 2 supplier while maintaining our Tier 1 status on some product lines and by adding additional product line availability.

Sources and Availability of Raw Materials

Our primary raw materials are high-grade zinc, brass, nickel silver, steel, aluminum and plastic resins. These materials are generally available from a number of suppliers, but we have chosen to concentrate our sourcing with one primary vendor for each commodity. We believe our sources for raw materials are very reliable and adequate for its needs. We have not experienced any significant long term supply problems in our operations and do not anticipate any significant supply problems in the foreseeable future. See further discussion under “Risk Factors-Sources of and Fluctuations in Market Prices of Raw Materials” included under Item 1A of this Form 10-K.

Patents, Trademarks and Other Intellectual Property

We believe that the success of our business will not only result from the technical competence, creativity and marketing abilities of our employees but also from the protection of our intellectual property through patents, trademarks and copyrights. As part of our ongoing research, development and manufacturing activities, we have a policy of seeking patents on new products, processes and improvements when appropriate.

Although, in the aggregate, the intellectual property discussed herein are of considerable importance to the manufacturing and marketing of many of our access control products, we do not consider any single patent or trademark or group of related patents or trademarks to be material to our business as a whole, except for the STRATTEC and STRATTEC with logo trademarks.

We also rely upon trade secret protection for our confidential and proprietary information. We maintain confidentiality agreements with our key executives. In addition, we enter into confidentiality agreements with selected suppliers, consultants and employees as appropriate to evaluate new products or business relationships pertinent to our success. However, there can be no assurance that others will not independently obtain similar information and techniques or otherwise gain access to our trade secrets or that we can effectively protect our trade secrets.

Dependence Upon Significant Customers

A very significant portion of our annual sales are to General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.  These three customers accounted for approximately 60 percent our net sales in 2019 and 59 percent of our net sales in 2018.  Further information regarding sales to our largest customers is set forth under the caption “Risk Factors - Loss of Significant Customers, Vehicle Content, Vehicle Models and Market Share” and “Risk Factors – Production Slowdowns by Customers” included under Item 1A of this Form 10-K and “Notes to Financial Statements-Sales and Receivable Concentration” included in Notes to Financial Statements under Item 8 in this Form 10-K.  

The products sold to these customers are model specific, fitting only certain defined applications. Consequently, we are highly dependent on our major customers for their business, and on these customers' ability to produce and sell vehicles which utilize our products. We have enjoyed good relationships with General Motors Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company and other customers in the past, and expect to continue to do so in the future. However, a significant change in the purchasing practices of, or a significant loss of volume from, one or more of these customers could have a detrimental effect on our financial performance. We cannot provide any assurance that any lost sales volume could be replaced despite our historical relationships with our customers.

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Sales and Marketing; Backlog

We provide our customers with engineered access control products including locksets, fobs, push button passive entry passive start ignition systems, steering column lock housings, electromechanical latches, power sliding door systems, power liftgate systems, power decklids, painted and non-painted door handles, door handle components and trim and other access products which are unique to specific vehicles. Any given vehicle will typically take 1 to 3 years of development and engineering design time prior to being offered to the public. The access control products are designed concurrently with the vehicle. Therefore, commitment to STRATTEC as the production source for such products and components occurs 1 to 3 years prior to the start of production for such components. We employ an engineering staff that assists in providing design and technical solutions to our customers. We believe that our engineering expertise is a competitive advantage and contributes toward our strong market position in our industry. For example, we regularly provide innovative design proposals for our product offerings to our customers that we believe will improve customer access, vehicle security system quality, theft deterrence and system cost.

The typical process used by automotive manufacturers in selecting a supplier for access control products is to offer the business opportunity to us and several of our competitors. Each competitor will pursue the opportunity, doing its best to provide the customer with the most attractive proposal. Price pressure is strong during this process but once an agreement is reached, a commitment is made for each year of the product program. Typically, price reductions resulting from productivity improvement by STRATTEC over the life of the product program are included in the contract and are estimated in evaluating each of these opportunities. A blanket purchase order, a contract indicating a specified part will be supplied at a specified price during a defined time period, is issued by customers for each model year. Production quantity releases or quantity commitments are made to that purchase order for weekly deliveries to the customer. As a consequence and because we are a "Just-in-Time" supplier to the automotive industry, we do not maintain a backlog of orders in the classic sense for future production and shipment and, accordingly, we are unable to provide a meaningful backlog comparison from year to year.

Competition

We compete with domestic and foreign-based competitors on the basis of custom product design, engineering support, quality, delivery and price. While the number of direct competitors in our product markets is currently relatively small, the automotive manufacturers actively encourage competition between potential suppliers. We have a large share of the North American market for our access control products because of our ability to provide optimal value, which is a beneficial combination of price, quality, technical support, program management, innovation and aftermarket support. In order to reduce access control product production costs while still offering a wide range of technical support, we utilize assembly operations and certain light manufacturing operations in Mexico, which results in lower labor costs as compared to the United States.

As locks and keys become more sophisticated and involve additional electronics, competitors with specific electronic expertise may emerge to challenge us. To address this, we have in recent years strengthened our electrical engineering knowledge and service. We are also working with several electronics suppliers to jointly develop and supply these advanced products.

Our lockset, steering column lock housing, latches and power access competitors include Huf North America, Ushin, Valeo, Tokai-Rika, Alpha-Tech, Honda Lock, Shin Chang, Magna, Edscha, Stabilus, Aisin, Brose, Mitsuba, Ohi, Kiekert, Inteva, Key Plastics and Gecom. For additional information related to competition, see the information set forth under “Risk Factors-Highly Competitive Automotive Supply Industry” included under Item 1A of this Form 10-K.

Research and Development

We engage in research and development activities pertinent to automotive access control. A major area of focus for research is the expanding role of vehicle access via electronic interlocks and modes of communicating authorization data between consumers and vehicles. Development activities include new products, applications and product performance improvements. In addition, specialized data collection equipment is developed to facilitate increased product development efficiency and continuous quality improvements. For fiscal years 2019 and 2018, we spent approximately $13.8 million and $4.8 million, respectively, on research and development. We believe that, historically, we have committed sufficient resources to research and development and we intend to continue to invest in the future as required to support additional product programs associated with both existing and new customers. Patents are pursued and will continue to be pursued as appropriate to protect our interests resulting from these activities.

Customer Tooling

We incur costs related to tooling used in component production and assembly.  Some of these costs are reimbursed by customers who then own the tools involved.  See the information set forth under “Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies-Customer Tooling in Progress” included in Notes to Financial Statements under Item 8 in this Form 10-K.

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Environmental Compliance

As is the case with other manufacturers, we are subject to Federal, state, local and foreign laws and other legal requirements relating to the generation, storage, transport, treatment and disposal of materials as a result of our manufacturing and assembly operations. These laws include the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (as amended), the Clean Air Act (as amended), the Clean Water Act of 1990 (as amended) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (as amended). We have an environmental management system that is ISO-14001 certified.  We believe that our existing environmental management system is adequate and we have no current plans for substantial capital expenditures in the environmental area.    

As discussed in “Commitments and Contingencies” under Notes to Financial Statement under Item 8 in this Form 10-K, a site at our Milwaukee facility is contaminated by a solvent spill from a former above-ground solvent storage tank located on the east side of the facility, which spill occurred in 1985. We continue to monitor this situation.

We do not currently anticipate any materially adverse impact on our financial statements or competitive position as a result of compliance with Federal, state, local and foreign environmental laws or other legal requirements. However, risk of environmental liability and charges associated with maintaining compliance with environmental laws is inherent in the nature of our business and there is no assurance that material liabilities or charges could not arise.  

Employees

At June 30, 2019, we had approximately 4,209 full-time employees, of which approximately 250 or 5.9 percent were represented by a labor union, which accounts for all production employees at our Milwaukee facility.  The current contract with the unionized employees is effective through September 17, 2021.  During June 2001, there was a 16-day strike by the represented employees at our Milwaukee facility. Further information regarding the strike, work stoppages and other labor matters are discussed under “Risk Factors - Disruptions Due to Work Stoppages and Other labor Matters” under Item 1A in this Form 10-K.

Available Information

We maintain our corporate website at www.strattec.com and make available, free of charge, through this website our code of business ethics, annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, proxy statements for annual shareholder meetings and amendments to those reports that we file with, or furnish to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the Commission.  We are not including all the information contained on or made available through our website as a part of, or incorporating such information by reference into, this Annual Report on Form 10-K.  However, this report includes (or incorporates by reference) all material information about STRATTEC that is included on our website which is otherwise required to be included in this report.

ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS

We recognize we are subject to the following risk factors based on our operations and the nature of the automotive industry in which we operate:

Loss of Significant Customers, Vehicle Content, Vehicle Models and Market Share – Sales to General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles represented approximately 60 percent of our annual net sales (based on fiscal 2019 results) and, accordingly, these customers account for a significant percentage of our outstanding accounts receivable. The contracts with these customers provide for supplying the customer’s requirements for a particular model. The contracts do not specify a specific quantity of parts. The contracts typically cover the life of a model, which averages approximately four to five years. Components for certain customer models may also be “market tested” annually. Therefore, the loss of any one of these customers, the loss of a contract for a specific vehicle model, a reduction in vehicle content, the early cancellation of a specific vehicle model, technological changes or a significant reduction in demand for certain key models could occur, and if so, could have a material adverse effect on our existing and future revenues and net income.

Our major customers also have significant under-funded legacy liabilities related to pension and postretirement health care obligations. The loss in our major customers’ North American automotive market share to the New Domestic automotive manufacturers (primarily the Japanese and Korean automotive manufacturers) and/or a significant decline in the overall market demand for new vehicles may ultimately result in severe financial difficulty for these customers, including bankruptcy. If our major customers cannot fund their operations, we may incur significant write-offs of accounts receivable, incur impairment charges or require restructuring actions.  

Production Slowdowns by Customers – Our major customers and many of their suppliers were significantly impacted by the recession of 2008/2009. Many of our major customers instituted production cuts during our fiscal 2009 and 2010. While production subsequently increased after the cuts made in 2009, additional economic slowdowns could bring about new production cuts which could have a material adverse effect on our existing and future revenues and net income.

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Financial Distress of Automotive Supply Base – During calendar years 2009 and 2010, deteriorating automotive industry conditions adversely affected STRATTEC and our supply base. Lower production levels at our major customers, volatility in certain raw material and energy costs and the global credit market crisis resulted in severe financial distress among many companies within the automotive supply base. During the above time frame, several automotive suppliers filed for bankruptcy protection or ceased operations. The potential continuation or renewal of financial distress within the supply base and suppliers’ inability to obtain credit from lending institutions could lead to commercial disputes and possible supply chain interruptions. In addition, the potential for future adverse industry conditions may require us to provide financial assistance or other measures to ensure uninterrupted production. The continuation or renewal of these industry conditions could have a material adverse effect on our existing and future revenues and net income.

Shortage of Raw Materials or Components Supply – In the event of catastrophic acts of nature such as fires, tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes or a rapid increase in production demands, either we or our customers or other suppliers may experience supply shortages of raw materials or components. This could be caused by a number of factors, including a lack of production line capacity or manpower or working capital constraints. In order to manage and reduce the costs of purchased goods and services, we and others within our industry have been rationalizing and consolidating our supply base. As a result, there is greater dependence on fewer sources of supply for certain components and materials used in our products, which could increase the possibility of a supply shortage of any particular component. If any of our customers experience a material supply shortage, either directly or as a result of supply shortages at another supplier, that customer may halt or limit the purchase of our products. Similarly, if we or one of our own suppliers experience a supply shortage, we may become unable to produce the affected products if we cannot procure the components from another source. Such production interruptions could impede a ramp-up in vehicle production and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.  

We consider the production capacities and financial condition of suppliers in our selection process, and expect that they will meet our delivery requirements. However, there can be no assurance that strong demand, capacity limitations, shortages of raw materials, labor disputes or other problems will not result in any shortages or delays in the supply of components to us.

Cost Reduction – There is continuing pressure from our major customers to reduce the prices we charge for our products. This requires us to generate cost reductions, including reductions in the cost of components purchased from outside suppliers. If we are unable to generate sufficient production cost savings in the future to offset pre-programmed price reductions, our gross margin and profitability will be adversely affected.

Cyclicality and Seasonality in the Automotive Market – The automotive market is cyclical and is dependent on consumer spending, on the availability of consumer credit and to a certain extent, on customer sales incentives. Economic factors adversely affecting consumer demand for automobiles and automotive production, such as rising fuel costs, could adversely impact our net sales and net income. We typically experience decreased sales and operating income during the first fiscal quarter of each year due to the impact of scheduled customer plant shut-downs in July and new model changeovers during that period.

Foreign Operations – We own and operate manufacturing operations in Mexico. As discussed below under “Investment in Joint Ventures and Majority Owned Subsidiaries” included in Notes to Financial Statements under Item 8 in this Form 10-K, we also have joint venture and majority owned investments in Mexico, Brazil, China and India. As these operations continue to expand, their success will depend, in part, on our and our partners’ ability to anticipate and effectively manage certain risks inherent in international operations, including: enforcing agreements and collecting receivables through certain foreign legal systems, payment cycles of foreign customers, compliance with foreign tax laws, general economic and political conditions in these countries and compliance with foreign laws and regulations. The success of these joint venture operations may be impacted by our partners’ ability to influence business decisions and therefore the operating results of the joint ventures could be adversely impacted. These influences, as well as conflicts or disagreements with our joint venture partners, could negatively impact the operations and financial results of our joint venture investments, which could have an adverse impact on our financial results. In addition, failure of our partners to be able to continue to fund their portion of the joint venture operations could have a material adverse effect on the financial condition and financial results of our joint venture investments, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial results. The joint venture investments in China generated losses in 2012 and 2013 due to relocation costs associated with moves to a new facility and start-up costs associated with a new product line. These relocation costs and start-up costs have been financed internally and externally by VAST China. Additionally, our VAST LLC joint venture in Brazil continues to report losses due to the weak automotive build in that region. The impact of any future planned capital expenditures or future expansion by VAST LLC in China, Brazil and India, may result in the need for additional future capital contributions to fund the operations of these joint venture investments.

Cross-border Trade Issues or Tariffs Our business is impacted by international or cross-border trade, including the import and export of products and goods into and out of the United States and trade tensions among nations.  The shipping of goods across national borders is often more expensive and complicated than domestic shipping. Customs and duty procedures and reviews, including duty-free thresholds in various key markets, the application of tariffs, and security related governmental processes at international borders, may increase costs, discourage cross-border purchases, delay transit and create shipping uncertainties.  Further, uncertainties stemming from changes in U.S. trade policies in particular with European countries and China, tariffs and the reaction of other countries thereto, could have an adverse effect on our business and may adversely impact our results of operations or financial condition or reduce profitability on certain of our products.

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Currency Exchange Rate Fluctuations – Our sales are denominated in U.S. dollars. We have manufacturing operations in Mexico, and as a result, a portion of our manufacturing costs are incurred in Mexican pesos. Therefore, fluctuations in the U.S. dollar/Mexican peso exchange rate may have a material effect on our profitability, cash flows, financial position, and may significantly affect the comparability of our results between financial periods. Any depreciation in the value of the U.S. dollar in relation to the value of the Mexican peso will adversely affect the cost of our Mexican operations when translated into U.S. dollars. Similarly, any appreciation in the value of the U.S. dollar in relation to the value of the Mexican peso will decrease the cost of our Mexican operations when translated into U.S. dollars.  

Sources of and Fluctuations in Market Prices of Raw Materials – Our primary raw materials are high-grade zinc, brass, nickel silver, aluminum, steel and plastic resins. These materials are generally available from a limited number of suppliers, but we have chosen to concentrate our sourcing with one primary vendor for each commodity or purchased component. We believe our sources of raw materials are reliable and adequate for our needs. However, the development of future sourcing issues related to using existing or alternative raw materials and the global availability of these materials as well as significant fluctuations in the market prices of these materials may have an adverse effect on our financial results if the increased raw material costs cannot be recovered from our customers.

Given the significant financial impact on us relating to changes in the cost of our primary raw materials, commencing with fiscal 2008 and thereafter, we began quoting quarterly material price adjustments for changes in our zinc costs in our negotiations with our customers. Our success in obtaining these quarterly price adjustments in our customer contracts is dependent on separate negotiations with each customer. It is not a standard practice for our customers to include such price adjustments in their contracts. We have been successful in obtaining quarterly price adjustments in some of our customer contracts. However, we have not been successful in obtaining the adjustments with all of our customers.

Disruptions Due to Work Stoppages and Other Labor Matters – Our major customers and many of their suppliers have unionized work forces. Work stoppages or slow-downs experienced by our customers or their suppliers could result in slow-downs or closures of assembly plants where our products are included in assembled vehicles. For example, strikes by a critical supplier called by the United Auto Workers led to extended shut-downs of most of General Motors’ North American assembly plants in February 2008 and in 1998. A material work stoppage experienced by one or more of our customers could have an adverse effect on our business and our financial results. In addition, all production associates at our Milwaukee facility are unionized. A sixteen-day strike by these associates in June 2001 resulted in increased costs as all salaried associates worked with additional outside resources to produce the components necessary to meet customer requirements. The current contract with our unionized associates is effective through September 17, 2021. We may encounter further labor disruption and we may also encounter unionization efforts in our other plants or other types of labor conflicts, any of which could have an adverse effect on our business and our financial results. Labor contracts between General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and their unionized associates under the United Auto Workers union expire in October and November 2019. In addition, their respective labor agreements with the Canadian auto workers union expire in September and October 2020. Labor disruptions encountered by our customers during the contract period could have an adverse effect on our business and our financial results.

Compliance Related to Regulations Related to Conflict Minerals – We are required to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (collectively, “conflict minerals”) mined from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries (the “covered countries”) if a conflict mineral(s) is necessary to the functionality of a product manufactured, or contracted to be manufactured, by us. We may determine, as part of our compliance efforts, that certain products or components we obtain from our suppliers could contain conflict minerals. If we are unable to conclude that all our products are free from conflict minerals originating from covered countries, this could have a negative impact on both our existing and future business, reputation and/or results of operations. We may also encounter challenges to satisfy customers who require that our products be certified as conflict free, which could place us at a competitive disadvantage if we are unable to substantiate such a claim. Compliance with these rules could also affect the sourcing and availability of some of the minerals used in the manufacture of products or components we obtain from our suppliers, including our ability to obtain products or components in sufficient quantities and/or at competitive prices to sell to our customers.

Environmental, Safety and Other Regulations – We are subject to Federal, state, local and foreign laws and other legal requirements related to the generation, storage, transport, treatment and disposal of materials as a result of our manufacturing and assembly operations. These laws include, among others, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (as amended), the Clean Air Act (as amended) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (as amended). We have an environmental management system that is ISO-14001 certified. We believe that our existing environmental management system is adequate for current and anticipated operations and we have no current plans for substantial capital expenditures in the environmental area. An environmental reserve was established in 1995 for estimated costs to remediate a site at our Milwaukee facility. The site was contaminated from a former above-ground solvent storage tank, located on the east side of the facility. The contamination occurred in 1985 and is being monitored in accordance with Federal, state and local requirements. We do not currently anticipate any material adverse impact on our results of operations, financial condition or competitive position as a result of compliance with Federal, state, local and foreign environmental laws or other related legal requirements. However, risk of environmental liability and changes associated with maintaining compliance with environmental laws is inherent in the nature of our business and there is no assurance that material liabilities or changes could not arise.

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Highly Competitive Automotive Supply Industry – The automotive component supply industry is highly competitive. Some of our competitors are companies, or divisions or subsidiaries of companies, that are larger than STRATTEC and have greater financial, global and technology capabilities. Our products may not be able to compete successfully with the products of these other companies, which could result in loss of customers and, as a result, decreased sales and profitability. Some of our major customers have previously announced that they will be reducing their supply base. This could potentially result in the loss of these customers and consolidation within the supply base. The loss of any of our major customers could have a material adverse effect on our existing and future net sales and net income.

In addition, our competitive position in the North American automotive component supply industry could be adversely affected in the event that we are unsuccessful in making strategic investments, acquisitions or alliances or in establishing joint ventures that would enable us to expand globally, in particular, with the VAST Automotive Group and their ability to fund and service global vehicle platforms. We principally compete for new business at the beginning of the development of new models and upon the redesign of existing models by our major customers. New model development generally begins two to five years prior to the marketing of such new models to the public. The failure to obtain new business on new models or to retain or increase business on redesigned existing models could adversely affect our business and financial results. In addition, as a result of relatively long lead times for many of our components, it may be difficult in the short-term for us to obtain new sales to replace any unexpected decline in the sale of existing products. Finally, we may incur significant product development expense in preparing to meet anticipated customer requirements which may not be recovered.

Program Volume and Pricing Fluctuations – We incur costs and make capital expenditures for new program awards based upon certain estimates of production volumes over the anticipated program life for certain vehicles. While we attempt to establish the price of our products for variances in production volumes, if the actual production of certain vehicle models is significantly less than planned, our net sales and net income may be adversely affected. We cannot predict our customers’ demands for the products we supply either in the aggregate or for particular reporting periods.

Investments in Customer Program Specific Assets – We make investments in machinery and equipment used exclusively to manufacture products for specific customer programs. This machinery and equipment is capitalized and depreciated over the expected useful life of each respective asset. Therefore, the loss of any one of our major customers, the loss of specific vehicle models or the early cancellation of a vehicle model could result in impairment in the value of these assets which may have a material adverse effect on our financial results.

Warranty Claims – We are exposed to warranty claims in the event that our products fail to perform as expected, and we may be required to participate in the repair costs incurred by our customers for such products. Our largest customers have recently extended and/or expanded their warranty protection for their vehicles. Other automotive OEMs have similarly extended and/or expanded their warranty programs. We are engaged in ongoing discussions with our customers regarding warranty information and potential claims. The results of these discussions could result in additional warranty charges/claims in future periods. Depending on the nature of and the volume of vehicles involved in the potential warranty claims, these charges could be material to our financial statements. The extended and/or expanded warranty trend may also result in higher cost recovery claims by OEMs from suppliers whose products incur a higher rate of warranty claims above an OEM derived nominal level. Prior to fiscal 2010, we had experienced relatively low warranty charges from our customers due to our commercial arrangements and improvements in the quality, reliability and durability of our products. Due to our largest customers’ extension and/or expansion of their warranty protection programs and demands for higher warranty cost sharing arrangements from their suppliers in their terms and conditions of purchase, including from STRATTEC, we increased our provision to cover warranty exposures since fiscal year 2010. In 2015 and 2018, our increased warranty provision was the result of various known or expected customer warranty issues outstanding and estimated future warranty costs to be incurred as of June 2015 and June 2018, respectively, for which amounts were reasonably estimable. As additional information becomes available, actual results may differ from recorded estimates. If our customers demand higher warranty-related cost recoveries, or if our products fail to perform as expected, it could have a material adverse impact on our results of operations and financial condition.  

Cyber Vulnerability – Cyber attacks or security breaches could compromise confidential, business critical information, cause a disruption in our operations or harm our reputation. While we have a cyber security monitoring program, a significant cyber attack could result in loss of critical business information and/or could negatively impact our operations, any of which could have a negative impact on our financial results.

Income Taxes – We are a U.S.-based multinational company subject to tax in multiple U.S. and foreign tax jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in determining our global provision for income taxes, deferred tax assets or liabilities and in evaluating our tax positions on a worldwide basis. While we believe our tax positions are consistent with the tax laws in the jurisdictions in which we conduct our business, it is possible that these positions may be overturned by jurisdictional tax authorities, which may have a significant impact on our global provision for income taxes. Tax laws are dynamic and subject to change as new laws are passed and new interpretations of these laws are issued or applied. We are also subject to ongoing tax audits. These audits can involve complex issues, which may require an extended period of time to resolve and can be highly subjective. Tax authorities may disagree with certain tax reporting positions taken by us and, as a result, assess additional taxes against us. We regularly assess the likely outcomes of these audits in order to determine the appropriateness of our tax provision.

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ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

We have four manufacturing plants, one warehouse, and one sales office. These facilities are described as follows:

 

Location

 

Type

 

Sq. Ft.

 

 

Owned or

Leased

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Headquarters and General Offices; Component Parts

Manufacturing

 

 

345,123

 

 

Owned

Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico

 

Subsidiary Offices and Assembly

 

 

169,488

 

 

Owned

Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico

 

Subsidiary Offices and Assembly

 

 

69,900

 

 

Owned

Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico

 

Subsidiary Offices, Key Finishing, Injection Molding

and Assembly Operations

 

 

114,877

 

 

Owned

Leon, Mexico

 

Subsidiary Offices, Door Handle Injecting Molding,

Painting and Assembly

 

 

129,887

 

 

Owned

El Paso, Texas

 

Finished Goods and Service Parts Distribution Warehouse

 

 

114,715

 

 

Leased**

Auburn Hills, Michigan

 

Sales and Engineering Office for Detroit Customer Area

 

 

62,736

 

 

Owned

 

**

Leased unit within a complex.

In the normal course of business we may be involved in various legal proceedings from time to time. We do not believe we are currently involved in any claim, action or proceeding the ultimate disposition of which would have a material adverse effect on our financial statements.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

None.

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PART II

ITEM 5.   MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Our common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “STRT.”

 

Registered shareholders of record at June 30, 2019, were 1,119.

The Company’s Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program on October 16, 1996, and the program was publicly announced on October 17, 1996.  Since inception of the stock repurchase program, the Board of Directors has periodically increased the number of shares authorized for repurchase under the program.  At June 30, 2019, the number of shares of the Company’s common stock authorized for repurchase under the program totaled 3,839,395.  The program currently authorizes the repurchase of the Company’s common stock from time to time, directly or through brokers or agents, and has no expiration date.  Over the life of the repurchase program through June 30, 2019, a total of 3,655,322 shares have been repurchased at a cost of approximately $136.4 million.  No shares were repurchased during the year ended June 30, 2019.

ITEM 6.   SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

The financial data for each period presented below reflects the consolidated results of STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION, its wholly owned Mexican subsidiary and its majority owned subsidiaries. Fiscal year 2015 has been retrospectively adjusted for the adoption of an update to an accounting standard issued by the FASB which simplifies the presentation of deferred taxes in a classified statement of financial position by requiring that deferred tax assets and liabilities be classified as non-current. Fiscal years 2015 through 2017 have been retrospectively adjusted for the adoption of an update to the accounting guidance for the presentation of net periodic pension cost and net periodic postretirement benefit cost which requires the service cost component of net periodic benefit cost to be reported in the same line items as other compensation costs arising from services rendered by the pertinent employees during the applicable period while remaining components of net periodic benefit cost are required to be presented separately outside a subtotal of income from operations. The information below should be read in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis,” and the Financial Statements and Notes thereto included elsewhere herein. The following data are in thousands of dollars except per share amounts.

 

 

Fiscal Years

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

INCOME STATEMENT DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

487,006

 

 

$

439,195

 

 

$

417,325

 

 

$

401,419

 

 

$

411,475

 

Gross profit

 

 

57,800

 

 

 

54,443

 

 

 

60,955

 

 

 

65,726

 

 

 

73,230

 

Engineering, selling and administrative expenses

 

 

47,186

 

 

 

41,168

 

 

 

46,113

 

 

 

43,547

 

 

 

41,277

 

Income from operations

 

 

10,614

 

 

 

13,275

 

 

 

14,842

 

 

 

22,179

 

 

 

31,953

 

Interest income

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

136

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

185

 

Equity earnings (loss) of joint ventures

 

 

2,783

 

 

 

4,532

 

 

 

666

 

 

 

(2,235

)

 

 

(788

)

Interest expense

 

 

(1,615

)

 

 

(1,137

)

 

 

(417

)

 

 

(176

)

 

 

(71

)

Pension termination settlement charge

 

 

(31,878

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other (expense) income, net

 

 

(337

)

 

 

1,020

 

 

 

1,167

 

 

 

(603

)

 

 

2,654

 

(Loss) income before taxes and non-controlling interest

 

 

(20,433

)

 

 

17,698

 

 

 

16,394

 

 

 

19,190

 

 

 

33,933

 

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

 

 

(7,740

)

 

 

2,070

 

 

 

4,284

 

 

 

5,068

 

 

 

9,382

 

Net (loss) income

 

 

(12,693

)

 

 

15,628

 

 

 

12,110

 

 

 

14,122

 

 

 

24,551

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

4,336

 

 

 

3,345

 

 

 

4,913

 

 

 

4,973

 

 

 

3,897

 

Net (loss) income attributable to

   STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION

 

$

(17,029

)

 

$

12,283

 

 

$

7,197

 

 

$

9,149

 

 

$

20,654

 

(Loss) earnings per share attributable to

   STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(4.63

)

 

$

3.39

 

 

$

2.01

 

 

$

2.55

 

 

$

5.80

 

Diluted

 

$

(4.63

)

 

$

3.32

 

 

$

1.96

 

 

$

2.51

 

 

$

5.66

 

Cash dividends declared per share

 

$

0.56

 

 

$

0.56

 

 

$

0.56

 

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

0.48

 

BALANCE SHEET DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net working capital

 

$

77,369

 

 

$

82,310

 

 

$

61,110

 

 

$

70,236

 

 

$

63,871

 

Total assets

 

$

312,736

 

 

$

307,175

 

 

$

273,714

 

 

$

242,176

 

 

$

230,834

 

Long-term liabilities

 

$

45,657

 

 

$

55,136

 

 

$

33,105

 

 

$

23,449

 

 

$

13,698

 

Total STRATTEC SECURITY

   CORPORATION Shareholders’ equity

 

$

163,388

 

 

$

162,158

 

 

$

151,088

 

 

$

139,332

 

 

$

140,312

 

 

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ITEM 7.   MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following Discussion and Analysis should be read in conjunction with STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION’s accompanying Financial Statements and Notes thereto included in this Form 10-K. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to years or quarters refer to fiscal years or fiscal quarters of STRATTEC.

Executive Overview

Historically, a significant portion of our total net sales are to domestic automotive OEMs (General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler). During the past two decades these customers lost North American market share to the New Domestic automotive manufacturers (primarily the Japanese and Korean automotive manufacturers). In addition to our dependence on our customers’ maintaining their market share, our financial performance depends in large part on conditions in the overall automotive industry, which in turn, are dependent upon the U.S. and global economies. During fiscal years 2019 and 2018, the above domestic automotive OEMs together represented 60 percent and 59 percent, respectively, of our total net sales.

During fiscal years 2019 and 2018, we experienced stronger sales demand for our components from our major North American customers noted above as it relates to light trucks and both sport utility and car based utility vehicles in comparison to passenger cars, which was likely influenced by lower gas prices and customer preferences. If gas prices continue to remain flat or slightly higher over the next year, we anticipate this consumer buying trend will continue, which is approximately 70 percent light trucks and sport utility vehicles in comparison to 30 percent passenger car vehicle purchases today.

Fiscal 2019 net sales were $487 million compared to $439 million in 2018. Net loss attributable to STRATTEC for fiscal 2019 was $17.0 million (which includes non-cash pension settlement and compensation expense charges of approximately $28.0, net of tax) compared to net income of $12.3 million in 2018. The financial health of our three largest customers continues to be stable. General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler continued to report profitable results after implementing significant restructuring plans that modified their cost structures by closing manufacturing facilities, reducing benefits and wages and eliminating certain models and brands in 2009 and 2010. With the new United Auto Workers contracts signed in the United States during November 2015, our major customers planned to move passenger car production from the United States into Mexico over the next 3-5 years to improve their overall profitability on these vehicles. Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and General Motor’s plans have changed subsequent to the above contract date and all three have started eliminating passenger car production on certain models in North America entirely. In spite of such recent developments, STRATTEC and our joint venture partner ADAC Automotive just completed a new production facility in Leon, Mexico to capture these new opportunities as well as other OEM’s as it relates to painted door handles and assemblies in the expanding Mexican market.

As we look out into the future, the July 2019 projections from our third-party forecasting service indicate that North American light vehicle production will show steady to flat production for the next five years. By model year, based on these projections we are expecting a 2019 build of 16.7 million vehicles, 16.6 million vehicles for 2020, 16.3 million vehicles for 2021, 16.6 million vehicles for 2022 and 16.9 million vehicles for 2023. As part of this third party projection, the Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler are expected to experience flat to slightly reduced vehicle production volumes in their production levels during this time period. General Motors, however, is expected to slightly decrease production as they eliminate or reduce passenger car production on certain models during this time horizon. Of course, all of these forecasts are subject to variability based on what happens in the overall North American and global economies, especially as it relates to potential tariff enactment by the United States Government or other foreign countries, the current levels of employment, availability of consumer credit, home equity values, fluctuating fuel prices, changes in customer vehicle and option preferences, product quality issues, including related to recall and product warranty coverage issues, and other key factors that we believe could determine whether consumers can or will purchase new vehicles or particular brands.

As described in "Retirement Plans and Postretirement Costs" in the Notes to Financial Statements under Item 8 in this Form 10-K, our Board of Directors has approved proceeding with the termination of the STRATTEC qualified, noncontributory defined benefit pension plan.  During our fiscal quarter ending December 30, 2018, we completed a substantial portion of the termination by (1) making distributions from the qualified pension plan trust to participants electing lump sum distributions and (2) entering into an agreement with an insurance company whereby we sold, through a series of annuity contracts, our remaining obligations under the qualified pension plan and, therefore, settled the remaining obligations under this plan with use of funds remaining in the plan.  No additional cash contributions to the pension trust were required from STRATTEC to settle these pension obligations.  In connection with those actions, we incurred a pre-tax settlement charge of $31.9 million during fiscal 2019.  We also incurred a $4.2 million non-cash compensation charge during fiscal 2019 related to the future transfer of the remaining excess pension plan assets to a STRATTEC defined contribution plan for subsequent pay-out to eligible participating STRATTEC employees.  We expect to incur an additional $4.3 million in non-cash compensation charges during the first six months of our fiscal 2020 related to this future transfer and pay-out of the excess pension plan assets.

Focus and Strategy Going Forward

STRATTEC’s long-term strategy is focused on maximizing long-term shareholder value by driving profitable growth. Our management believes productivity improvements and cost reductions are critical to our competitiveness, while enhancing the value we deliver to our customers. In order to accomplish this, we have been pursuing, and we intend to continue to pursue over the foreseeable future, the following objectives as summarized below:

 

-

Streamline and standardize processes to increase productivity and improve the quality of our products

 

-

Maintain a disciplined and flexible cost structure to leverage scale and optimize asset utilization and procurement

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-

Maintain our strong financial position by deploying capital spending targeted for growth and productivity improvement

 

-

Leverage the “VAST Automotive Group Brand” with customer relationships to generate organic growth from global programs

 

-

Offer our customers innovative products and technologies along with cost savings solutions to meet their changing demands

 

-

Explore and execute targeted mergers and acquisitions or other joint venture opportunities with a disciplined due diligence approach and critical financial analysis to drive shareholder value

We use several key performance indicators to gauge progress toward achieving these objectives. These indicators include net sales growth, operating margin improvement, return on capital employed and cash flow from operations.

Results of Operations

2019 Compared to 2018

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Net Sales (millions of dollars)

 

$

487.0

 

 

$

439.2

 

 

Net Sales to each of our customers or customer groups in the current year and prior year were as follows (millions of dollars):

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

 

$

115.3

 

 

$

110.7

 

General Motors Company

 

 

112.7

 

 

 

85.8

 

Ford Motor Company

 

 

63.3

 

 

 

64.4

 

Tier 1 Customers

 

 

75.2

 

 

 

70.5

 

Commercial and Other OEM Customers

 

 

89.5

 

 

 

82.0

 

Hyundai / Kia

 

 

31.0

 

 

 

25.8

 

Total

 

$

487.0

 

 

$

439.2

 

 

Sales to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the current year increased over the prior year due to higher product content on the components we supply on certain vehicles, in particular the Ram pickup truck, which impact was partially offset by lower vehicle production volumes on the FCA minivan component we supply. The increase in sales to General Motors Company in the current year compared to the prior year was attributed to higher vehicle production volumes and content on models for which we supply components, in particular power access products and latches. Decreased sales to Ford Motor Company in the current year as compared to the prior year was due to a combination of discontinued models and lower production volumes on the vehicles for which we supply components. Sales to Tier 1 Customers increased in the current year as compared to the prior year due to due to higher production volumes of our door handle and component products. Sales to Commercial and Other OEM Customers during the current year increased in comparison to the prior year due to due to new door handle customer programs at Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. and Volkswagen as well as higher sales volumes related to our Aftermarket business. These Commercial and Other OEM Customers, along with our Tier 1 Customers, represent purchasers of vehicle access control products, such as latches, fobs, driver controls and door handles that we have developed in recent years to complement our historic core business of locks and keys. The increased sales to Hyundai / Kia in the current year as compared to the prior year were due to higher levels of production on vehicles for which we supply components, in particular the Kia Sedona minivan for which we supply primarily power sliding door components.

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Cost of Goods Sold (millions of dollars)

 

$

429.2

 

 

$

384.8

 

 

Direct material costs are the most significant component of our cost of goods sold and comprised $280.5 million or 65.4 percent of cost of goods sold in the current year compared to $245.5 million or 63.8 percent of cost of goods sold in the prior year. This dollar value increase in our direct material costs of $35.0 million or 14.3 percent was due to increased sales volumes in the current year as compared to the prior year. The increase in our direct material costs as a percentage of our cost of goods sold in the current year as compared to the prior year was due to increased nonconforming costs resulting from internal manufacturing process quality issues incurred in the current year period as compared to the prior year period and an increase in sales of products for certain electrical and latch programs in the current year period over the prior year period, for which the direct material content represents a more significant portion of the total cost of the product.

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The remaining components of cost of goods sold consist of labor and overhead costs which increased $9.4 million or 6.7 percent to $148.7 million in the current year from $139.3 million in the prior year as the variable portion of these costs increased due to the increase in sales volumes between years. Additionally, the increase in labor and overhead costs in the current year as compared to the prior year was impacted by a $2.5 million non-cash compensation expense charge related to the future transfer of excess Qualified Pension Plan assets, resulting from the termination of the Qualified Pension Plan, to a STRATTEC defined contribution plan for subsequent pay-out to eligible STRATTEC employees, an increase in the Mexican minimum wage for our Mexican workforce effective January 1, 2019, which increased costs approximately $2.2 million in the current year as compared to the prior year, and higher than expected production costs at our door handle paint and assembly facility in Leon, Mexico. These cost increases were partially offset by a $1.0 million reduction in bonus expense provisions between years and the impact of a favorable Mexican peso to U.S. dollar exchange rate affecting our operations in Mexico. The fiscal 2018 bonus expense provisions include the accrual of a discretionary bonus approved by our Board of Directors as well as the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans with respect to fiscal 2018 financial results. There was no similar discretionary or incentive bonus related to fiscal 2019. The U.S. dollar value of our Mexican operations was favorably impacted by approximately $2.1 million in the current year as compared to the prior year due to a favorable Mexican peso to U.S. dollar exchange rate between years. The average U.S. dollar / Mexican peso exchange rate increased to approximately 19.34 pesos to the dollar in the current year from approximately 18.75 pesos to the dollar in the prior year.

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Gross Profit (millions of dollars)

 

$

57.8

 

 

$

54.4

 

Gross Profit as a percentage of net sales

 

 

11.9

%

 

 

12.4

%

 

The increase in gross profit dollars in the current year as compared to the prior year was attributed to the increase in sales, partially offset by the increase in cost of goods sold as discussed above. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales decreased between years. The current year gross profit as a percentage of net sales was negatively impacted by a non-cash compensation expense charge related to the future transfer of excess Qualified Pension Plan assets described above, an increase in the Mexican minimum wage, and higher than expected production costs at our door handle paint and assembly facility in Leon, Mexico, as well as lower gross profit margins on products associated with certain new electrical, latch and lockset programs, which were implemented during the current year. The lower gross margins associated with these programs is the result of competitive pricing. These unfavorable impacts were partially offset by the impact of a reduction in bonus expense provisions and a favorable Mexican peso to U.S. dollar exchange rate impacting the U.S. dollar value of our Mexican operations, as discussed above.

Engineering, Selling and Administrative Expenses in the current year and prior year were as follows:

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Expenses (millions of dollars)

 

$

47.2

 

 

$

41.2

 

Expenses as a percentage of net sales

 

 

9.7

%

 

 

9.4

%

 

Engineering, selling and administrative expenses increased $6.0 million between years. The current year as compared to the prior year included a $1.7 million non-cash compensation expense charge related to the future transfer of excess Qualified Pension Plan assets, resulting from the termination of the Qualified Pension Plan, to a STRATTEC defined contribution plan for subsequent pay-out to eligible STRATTEC employees. Additionally, an increase in outside expenditures on new product development costs associated with utilizing third party vendors for a portion of our development work and an increase in engineering costs related to our ADAC-STRATTEC LLC door handle and exterior trim products both increased expenses between years. This increase was partially offset by a $400,000 reduction in bonus expense provisions between years. The fiscal 2018 bonus expense provisions include the accrual of a discretionary bonus approved by our Board of Directors as well as the accrual of bonuses under our incentive bonus plans with respect to fiscal 2018 financial results. There was no similar discretionary or incentive bonus related to fiscal 2019.

Income from operations in the current year was $10.6 million compared to $13.3 million in the prior year. This decrease was the result of increased engineering, selling and administrative expenses partially offset by increased gross profit margins in the current year as compared to the prior year, all as discussed above.  

The equity earnings of joint ventures was comprised of the following in the current year and prior year (thousands of dollars):

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Vehicle Access Systems Technology LLC

 

$

2,655

 

 

$

4,441

 

STRATTEC Advanced Logic, LLC ("SAL LLC")

 

 

128

 

 

 

91

 

 

 

$

2,783

 

 

$

4,532

 

 

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Our Vehicle Access Systems Technology LLC (“VAST LLC”) joint ventures in China and India continue to report profitable operating results while our joint venture in Brazil continues to report losses due to our limited amount of business in that region. The reduction in equity earnings of VAST LLC in the current year as compared to the prior year related to significantly lower sales volumes and, as a result, lower profitability in our VAST China operation as well as startup costs related to our new production facility being built in Jingzhou, China. We continue to invest in the growing China market with higher development costs for new programs and breaking ground for the new plant in Jingzhou, which we believe will give VAST added capacity, efficiencies and the advantage of a broader geographic footprint. STRATTEC is not the primary beneficiary and does not control SAL LLC. Accordingly, our investment in SAL LLC is accounted for using the equity method. Even though we maintain a 51 percent ownership interest in SAL LLC, effective with our fiscal 2015 fourth quarter, 100 percent of the funding for SAL LLC was being made through loans from STRATTEC to SAL LLC. Therefore, STRATTEC began recognizing 100 percent of the losses of SAL LLC up to our committed financial support. The business of SAL LLC has been wound down to sell only commercial biometric locks.

Included in other (expense) income, net in the current year and prior year were the following items (thousands of dollars):

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Foreign Currency Transaction (Loss) Gain

 

$

(397

)

 

$

549

 

Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Mexican

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peso Forward Contracts

 

 

39

 

 

 

(1,160

)

Realized Gain on Mexican Peso Forward Contracts

 

 

485

 

 

 

1,140

 

Pension and Postretirement Plans (Cost) Credit

 

 

(689

)

 

 

447

 

Rabbi Trust gain

 

 

146

 

 

 

193

 

Other

 

 

79

 

 

 

(149

)

 

 

$

(337

)

 

$

1,020

 

 

Foreign currency transaction gains and losses resulted from activity associated with foreign denominated assets held by our Mexican subsidiaries. We entered into the Mexican peso currency forward contracts during fiscal 2019 and 2018 to minimize earnings volatility resulting from changes in exchange rates affecting the U.S. dollar cost of our Mexican operations. Pension and postretirement plan impacts include the components of net periodic benefit cost other than the service cost component. The Rabbi Trust assets fund our amended and restated supplemental executive retirement plan. The investments held in the Trust are considered trading securities.

Our income tax provision for 2018 was impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“the Act”), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017 with an effective date of January 1, 2018. The Act makes broad and complex changes to the U.S. tax code that affected our fiscal year ending July 1, 2018, including but not limited to (1) a reduction in the U.S. statutory tax rate to 21 percent following its effective date and a change in the measurement of our deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities resulting from the reduction in the statutory rate, (2) requiring a one-time transition tax on certain deemed repatriated earnings of foreign subsidiaries that is payable over eight years, and (3) bonus depreciation that will allow for full expensing of qualified property.  Section 15 of the Internal Revenue Code stipulates that for our fiscal year ending July 1, 2018, a blended statutory corporate tax rate of 28% was applicable, which is based on the applicable statutory tax rates before and after the Act and the number of days in our fiscal year.  

The SEC staff issued SAB 118, which provides guidance on accounting for the tax effects of the Act.  SAB 118 provides a measurement period that should not extend beyond one year from the Act’s enactment date for companies to complete the accounting under ASC 740.  In accordance with SAB 118, a company must reflect the income tax effects of those aspects of the Act for which the accounting under ASC 740 is complete.  To the extent that a company’s accounting for certain income tax effects of the Act is incomplete but it is still able to determine a reasonable estimate of the tax effect, it must record a provisional estimate in the financial statements.  If a company cannot determine a provisional estimate to be included in the financial statements, it should continue to apply ASC 740 on the basis of the provision of the tax laws that were in effect immediately before the enactment of the Act.  

In connection with our analysis of the impact of the Act, we recorded a discrete net tax benefit of approximately $3 million during 2018.  This net tax benefit primarily consisted of (1) the impact of the change in measurement of our deferred tax assets and liabilities, which resulted in a favorable provision impact of $1.6 million, (2) the one-time transition tax on non-previously taxed post-1986 accumulated foreign earnings, which resulted in a net favorable impact of $500,000 and included a transition tax of $1.4 million offset by the reversal of net deferred tax liability balances totaling $1.9 million, which related to basis differences in foreign earnings, and (3) the impact of changing our annualized effective tax rate, which resulted in a favorable provision impact of $900,000. For various reasons that are discussed more fully below, we did not complete our accounting for the income tax effects for certain elements of the Act as of December 31, 2017.  However, we were able to make reasonable estimates of certain effects and, therefore, we recorded provisional adjustments of these elements in the accompanying consolidated financial statements.  We identified these items as provisional since our analysis of the items was not complete.

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The Act reduced the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, effective January 1, 2018.  For certain of our net deferred tax assets, we have recorded a provisional adjustment to reflect the reduction in the corporate tax rate.  While we are able to make a reasonable estimate of the impact of the reduction in the corporate rate, it may be affected by other analyses related to the Act, including, but not limited to, the impact of our calculation of deemed repatriation of deferred foreign income and the impact of full expensing for certain assets.

The Deemed Repatriation Transition Tax (“Transition Tax”) is a tax on previously untaxed accumulated and current earnings and profits (E&P) of certain of our foreign subsidiaries. To determine the amount of the Transition Tax, we must determine, in addition to other factors, the amount of post-1986 E&P of the relevant subsidiaries, as well as the amount of non-U.S. income taxes paid on such earnings. We were able to make a reasonable estimate of the Transition Tax and recorded a provisional Transition Tax obligation in these consolidated financial statements. However, as of December 31, 2017, additional information needed to be gathered to more precisely compute the amount of the Transition Tax.

We were required to assess whether our valuation allowance analyses was affected by various aspects of the Act (e.g., deemed repatriation of deferred foreign income, Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (“GILTI”) inclusions, and new categories of Foreign Tax Credits). Since, as discussed herein, we have recorded provisional amounts related to certain portions of the Act, any corresponding determination of the need for, or any change in, a valuation allowance was also provisional.

As of December 30, 2018, we had completed our accounting for all income tax elements of the Act. Measurement period adjustments related to the Act recorded in 2019 totaled $372,000.

Our income tax provision for 2019 was impacted by a $7.9 million tax benefit resulting from the termination of our qualified, noncontributory defined benefit pension plan as discussed under Retirement Plans and Postretirement Costs below in the Notes to Financial Statements under Item 8 in this Form 10-K and a reduction in the expected effective tax rate as compared to 2018. Our income tax provision for 2019 was also impacted by a discrete benefit of $372,000, which represents measurement period adjustments to the one-time transition tax on non-previously taxed post-1986 accumulated foreign earnings.

Additionally, our income tax provisions for 2019 and 2018 were affected by the non-controlling interest portion of our pre-tax income. The non-controlling interest impacts the effective tax rate as ADAC-STRATTEC LLC and STRATTEC POWER ACCESS LLC entities are taxed as partnerships for U.S. tax purposes.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Outstanding Receivable Balances from Major Customers

Our primary source of cash flow is from our major customers, which include Fiat Chrysler Automobiles LLC, General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company. As of the date of filing this Annual Report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of our customers are making payments on their outstanding accounts receivable in accordance with the payment terms included on their purchase orders. A summary of our outstanding receivable balances from our major customers as of June 30, 2019 was as follows (millions of dollars):

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

 

$

19.2

 

General Motors Company

 

$

12.8

 

Ford Motor Company

 

$

10.0

 

 

Cash Balances in Mexico

We earn a portion of our operating income in Mexico. As of June 30, 2019, $2.2 million of our $7.8 million cash and cash equivalents balance was held in Mexico. These funds are available for repatriation as deemed necessary.

 

Cash Flow Analysis

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

Cash Flows from (millions of dollars):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Activities

 

$

29.9

 

 

$

6.9

 

Investing Activities

 

$

(17.6

)

 

$

(23.9

)

Financing Activities

 

$

(12.2

)

 

$

16.4

 

 

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The increase in cash provided by operating activities between 2018 and 2019 reflected a net reduction in working capital requirements between the two years of $22.4 million, with the net decrease in our working capital requirements being made up of the following working capital changes (millions of dollars):

 

 

 

Increase (Decrease) in Working Capital Requirements

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

Change

 

Accounts Receivable

 

$

10.4

 

 

$

9.6

 

 

$

0.8

 

Inventories

 

$

0.6

 

 

$

11.2

 

 

$

(10.6

)

Customer Tooling

 

$

(4.3

)

 

$

1.0

 

 

$

(5.3

)

Other Assets

 

$

(1.6

)

 

$

3.5

 

 

$

(5.1

)

Accounts Payable and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Liabilities

 

$

(6.1

)

 

$

(3.7

)

 

$

(2.4

)

 

The year over year change in accounts receivable balances reflected an increase in our accounts receivable balances during both the current year and the prior year. The increase in accounts receivable balances during both years reflected increased sales levels in May and June of each fiscal year as compared to May and June of the previous fiscal year. Additionally, an increase in outstanding customer tooling billings increased the 2018 accounts receivable balances by approximately $5.2 million between years. The year over year change in inventory reflected an increase in inventory balances during 2018, which was the result of ramping up for new customer program launches. The year over year change in customer tooling balances, which consisted of costs incurred for the development of tooling that will be directly reimbursed by the customer whose parts are produced from the tool, was the result of the timing of tooling development spending required to meet customer production requirements and related billings for customer reimbursements. The year over year change in other assets was the result of a decrease in the income tax recoverable balance in 2019 as compared to an increase in 2018, which changes were based on the required income tax provision, the timing and amounts of Federal, state and foreign tax payments made, and the timing of the utilization of foreign tax credits and research and development tax credits. The year over year change in accounts payable and accrued liability balances reflected a reduction in working capital requirements during each period. The reductions in working capital requirements were the result of increases in accounts payable and accrual balances each period, which resulted from the timing of purchases and payments with our vendors based on normal payment terms. Additionally, the 2018 reduction included an increase in warranty reserve balances of $2.3 million due to expense provisions for expected warranty payments to be settled in future periods

Net cash used by investing activities of $17.6 million during 2019 and $23.9 million during 2018 included capital expenditures of $17.5 million and $24.1 million, respectively. Capital expenditures during each year were made in support of requirements for new product programs and the upgrade and replacement of existing equipment. Capital expenditures included $2.5 million during 2018 for the purchase of land, equipment and the construction of a new facility in Leon, Mexico, which is used primarily to paint and assemble door handle products by ADAC-STRATTEC LLC. Net cash used by investing activities during 2019 and 2018 also included an investment in our VAST LLC joint venture of $200,000 and $125,000, respectively. The investments were made for the purpose of funding general operating expenses for Sistema de Acesso Veicular Ltda (formerly known as VAST do Brasil). Additionally, prior to 2017, loans were made by each partner, STRATTEC, WITTE and ADAC to our joint venture, VAST LLC. The loans were made in support of VAST LLC’s purchase of the non-controlling interest in the Brazilian entity and in support of funding general operating expenses of the Brazilian entity. Repayments of outstanding loan balances totaling $300,000 were made from VAST LLC to each partner during 2018.

Net cash used in financing activities of $12.2 million during 2019 included repayments of borrowings under credit facilities of $14.0 million, $2.1 million of regular quarterly dividend payments to shareholders and $1.4 million of dividend payments to non-controlling interests in our subsidiaries, partially offset by $5 million in additional borrowings under credit facilities. Net cash provided by financing activities of $16.4 million during 2018 included $24.0 million of borrowings under credit facilities and $242,000 of proceeds from stock purchases and option plan exercises, partially offset by $3.0 million for repayments of borrowings under credit facilities, $2.0 million for regular quarterly dividend payments to shareholders and $2.8 million for dividend payments to non-controlling interests in our subsidiaries.

VAST LLC Cash Requirements

We currently anticipate that both VAST China and Minda-VAST Access Systems have adequate debt facilities in place over the next fiscal year to cover the future operating and capital requirements of each business. During 2019 and 2018, capital contributions totaling $600,000 and $375,000, respectively were made to VAST LLC for purposes of funding operations in Brazil. STRATTEC’s portion of the capital contributions totaled $200,000 in 2019 and $125,000 in 2018. We anticipate the Brazilian entity will require a capital contribution of approximately $600,000 collectively by all VAST partners to fund operations during fiscal 2020. STRATTEC’s portion of the capital contributions is anticipated to be $200,000.

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STRATTEC Advanced Logic, LLC Cash Requirements

During all periods presented in this report, STRATTEC provided 100 percent of the financial support to fund the start-up operating losses of SAL LLC due to our partner’s inability to contribute capital to this joint venture. During fiscal 2018, we, along with our joint venture partner, reduced operating the business of STRATTEC Advanced Logic to winding down and selling only commercial biometric locks. We anticipate STRATTEC will provide minimal to no funding for SAL LLC in fiscal year 2020.

Future Capital Expenditures

We anticipate capital expenditures will be approximately $15 million in fiscal 2020 in support of requirements for new product programs and the upgrade and replacement of existing equipment.

Stock Repurchase Program

Our Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program to buy back outstanding shares of our common stock. Shares authorized for buy back under the program totaled 3,839,395 at June 30, 2019. A total of 3,655,322 shares have been repurchased over the life of the program through June 30, 2019, at a cost of approximately $136.4 million. No shares were repurchased during fiscal 2019 or 2018. Additional repurchases may occur from time to time and are expected to continue to be funded by cash flow from operations and current cash balances. At this time, we anticipate minimal or no stock repurchase activity in fiscal year 2020.

Credit Facilities

STRATTEC has a $40 million secured revolving credit facility (the “STRATTEC Credit Facility”) with BMO Harris Bank N.A. ADAC-STRATTEC LLC has a $30 million secured revolving credit facility (the “ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility”) with BMO Harris Bank N.A., which is guaranteed by STRATTEC. The ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility borrowing limit decreased to $25 million effective July 1, 2019. The credit facilities both expire August 1, 2021. Borrowings under either credit facility are secured by our U.S. cash balances, accounts receivable, inventory and fixed assets located in the U.S. Interest on borrowings under the STRATTEC Credit Facility and interest on borrowings under the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility prior to December 31, 2018 are at varying rates based, at our option, on the London Interbank Offering Rate (“LIBOR”) plus 1.0 percent or the bank’s prime rate. Effective December 31, 2018 and thereafter, interest on borrowings under the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility is at varying rates based, at our option, on the London Interbank Offering Rate (“LIBOR”) plus 1.25 percent or the bank’s prime rate.  Both credit facilities contain a restrictive financial covenant that requires the applicable borrower to maintain a minimum net worth level. The ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility includes an additional restrictive financial covenant that requires the maintenance of a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio. As of June 30, 2019, we were in compliance with all financial covenants required by these credit facilities. Outstanding borrowings under the STRATTEC Credit Facility totaled $18 million at June 30, 2019 and $23.0 million at July 1, 2018. The average outstanding borrowings and weighted average interest rate on the STRATTEC Credit Facility loans were approximately $21.2 million and 3.3 percent, respectively, during 2019. The average outstanding borrowings and weighted average interest rate on the STRATTEC Credit Facility loans were approximately $21.7 million and 2.5 percent, respectively, during 2018. Outstanding borrowings under the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility totaled $24 million at June 30, 2019 and $28.0 million at July 1, 2018. The average outstanding borrowings and weighted average interest rate on the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility loans were approximately $25.9 million and 3.4 percent, respectively, during 2019. The average outstanding borrowings and weighted average interest rate on the ADAC-STRATTEC Credit Facility loans were approximately $22.6 million and 2.5 percent, respectively, during 2018. We believe that the credit facilities are adequate, along with existing cash flows from operations, to meet our anticipated capital expenditure, working capital, dividend, and operating expenditure requirements.

Inflation and Other Changes in Prices

Over the past several years, we have been impacted by rising health care costs, which have increased our cost of associate medical coverage. A portion of these increases have been offset by plan design changes and associate wellness initiatives. We have also been impacted by increases in the market price of zinc, nickel silver, and brass and inflation in Mexico, which impacts the U. S. dollar costs of our Mexican operations. We have negotiated raw material price adjustment clauses with certain, but not all, of our customers to offset some of the market price fluctuations in the cost of zinc. We own and operate manufacturing operations in Mexico.  As a result, a portion of our manufacturing costs are incurred in Mexican pesos, which causes our earnings and cash flows to fluctuate due to changes in the U.S. dollar/Mexican peso exchange rate.  We executed contracts with Bank of Montreal that provided for monthly Mexican peso currency forward contracts for a portion of our estimated peso denominated operating costs during 2018 and 2019. Refer to the discussion of Derivative Instruments under Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies included in the Notes to Financial Statements included as part of Item 8 within this Form 10-K.

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Joint Ventures and Majority Owned Subsidiaries

Refer to the discussion of Investment in Joint Ventures and Majority Owned Subsidiaries and discussion of Equity Earnings of Joint Ventures included in the Notes to Financial Statements included within this Form 10-K.

Critical Accounting Policies

We believe the following represents our critical accounting policies:

Liability for Uncertain Tax Positions – We are subject to income taxation in many jurisdictions around the world. Significant management judgment is required in the accounting for income tax contingencies because the outcomes are often difficult to determine. We are required to measure and recognize uncertain tax positions that we have taken or expect to take in our income tax returns. The benefit of an uncertain tax position can only be recognized in the financial statements if management concludes that it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained with the tax authorities. For a position that is likely to be sustained, the benefit recognized in the financial statements is measured at the largest amount that is greater than 50 percent likely of being realized. A reserve is established for the difference between a position taken in an income tax return and the amount recognized in the financial statements. Refer to the discussion of Income Taxes included in the Notes to Financial Statements included as part of Item 8 within this Form 10-K.

Other Reserves – We have reserves such as a warranty reserve and an excess and obsolete inventory reserve. These reserves require the use of estimates and judgment with regard to risk exposure, ultimate liability and net realizable value.

Warranty Reserve – We have a warranty liability recorded related to our exposure to warranty claims in the event our products fail to perform as expected, and we may be required to participate in the repair costs incurred by our customers for such products. The recorded warranty liability balance involves judgment and estimates. Our liability estimate is based on an analysis of historical warranty data as well as current trends and information, including our customers’ recent extension or expansion of their warranty programs. Actual warranty costs might differ from estimates due to the level of actual claims varying from our claims experience and estimates and final negotiations and settlements reached with our customers. Therefore, future actual claims experience could result in changes in our estimates of the required liability. Refer to the discussion of Warranty Reserve under Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies included in the Notes to Financial Statements included as part of Item 8 within this Form 10-K.

Excess and Obsolete Inventory Reserve – We record a reserve for excess and obsolete inventory based on historical and estimated future demand and market conditions. The reserve level is determined by comparing inventory levels of individual materials and parts to historical usage and estimated future sales by analyzing the age of the inventory in order to identify specific material and parts that are unlikely to be sold. Technical obsolescence and other known factors are also considered in evaluating the reserve level. Actual future write-offs of inventory may differ from estimates and calculations used to determine reserve levels due to changes in customer demand, changes in technology and other factors. Refer to the discussion of Inventories under Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies included in the Notes to Financial Statements included as part of Item 8 within this Form 10-K.

We believe the reserves discussed above are estimated using consistent and appropriate methods. However, changes to the assumptions could materially affect the recorded reserves.

New Accounting Standards

Refer to the discussion of New Accounting Standards under Organization and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies included in the Notes to Financial Statements included as part of Item 8 within this Form 10-K.

ITEM 7A.   QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Not applicable.

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ITEM 8.   FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

 

Page

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

26

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF (LOSS) INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

27

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

28

Consolidated Statements of shareholders' Equity

29

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

30

Notes to Financial Statements

31

SELECTED QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

53

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the shareholders and the Board of Directors of STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION and subsidiaries (the "Company") as of June 30, 2019 and July 1, 2018, the related consolidated statements of (loss) income and comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows, for each of the two years in the period ended June 30, 2019, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of June 30, 2019 and July 1, 2018, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended June 30, 2019, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of June 30, 2019, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated September 5, 2019, expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company's internal control over financial reporting.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

Milwaukee, WI  

September 5, 2019 

We have served as the Company's auditor since 2010.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF (LOSS) INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

July 1, 2018

 

NET SALES

 

$

487,006

 

 

$

439,195

 

Cost of goods sold

 

 

429,206

 

 

 

384,752

 

GROSS PROFIT

 

 

57,800

 

 

 

54,443

 

Engineering, selling, and administrative expenses

 

 

47,186

 

 

 

41,168

 

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

 

 

10,614

 

 

 

13,275

 

Interest income

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

Equity earnings of joint ventures

 

 

2,783

 

 

 

4,532

 

Interest expense

 

 

(1,615

)

 

 

(1,137

)

Pension termination settlement charge

 

 

(31,878

)

 

 

 

Other (expense) income, net

 

 

(337

)

 

 

1,020

 

(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES AND NON-

   CONTROLLING INTEREST

 

 

(20,433

)

 

 

17,698

 

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

 

 

(7,740

)

 

 

2,070

 

NET (LOSS) INCOME

 

 

(12,693

)

 

 

15,628

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

4,336

 

 

 

3,345

 

NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO STRATTEC SECURITY

   CORPORATION

 

$

(17,029

)

 

$

12,283

 

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET (LOSS) INCOME

 

$

(12,693

)

 

$

15,628

 

Currency translation adjustments, net of tax

 

 

(555

)

 

 

(2,219

)

Pension and postretirement plans, net of tax

 

 

19,861

 

 

 

602

 

TOTAL OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

 

 

19,306

 

 

 

(1,617

)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

6,613