KEMET Announces Cost Improvement Actions

  • Annual savings beginning April 1, 2018 of approximately $11 million
  • Annual savings of approximately $15 million by Fiscal Year 2021

GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KEMET Corporation (the “Company” or “KEMET”) (NYSE:KEM), a leading global supplier of passive electronic components, announced today that, in a continuance of its effort to further improve gross margins, net income, and cash flow, it is undertaking the following actions and generating savings as listed below:

  Annual Savings (millions)
  FY19 (1),(2)   FY20 (2)   FY21 (2)   FY19 - FY21
TOKIN $   9.2   $   9.2   $   9.2   $   27.6
Solid Capacitors $   0.8   $   2.3   $   3.2   $   6.3
F&E $   1.0   $   2.0   $   2.5   $   5.5
Total $   11.0   $   13.5   $   14.9   $   39.4
(1) FY19 begins April 2018  
(2) Savings compared to current run rate  

Within the TOKIN legacy group, the Company will take a reduction in force across various internal operational and overhead functions. The Company will accrue approximately $5.3 million between the current fiscal quarter and June 30, 2018 with savings expected to begin on April 1, 2018. Total cost savings for next fiscal year is expected to be approximately $9.2 million.

The Solid Capacitors Business Group will modify its vertical integration strategy by relocating its tantalum powder facility equipment from Carson City, Nevada to its existing Matamoros, Mexico plant. The Company expects to achieve annual operating cost savings of approximately $0.8 million next Fiscal Year 2019 (which begins April 1, 2018), $2.3 million in Fiscal Year 2020 and $3.2 million in Fiscal Year 2021 from this move.  The Company will accrue severance charges of approximately $0.9 million this quarter ending December 31, 2017 and incur cash charges for equipment and employee relocation costs of approximately $2.1 million over the next 21 months.

The Film and Electrolytic Business Group will take a voluntary reduction in force in its Italian operations and will accrue approximately $5.0 million between the current fiscal quarter and the quarter ending March 31, 2018 based on workforce reduction timing.  Cost savings are expected to begin in March 2018 and are expected to be approximately $1.0 million beginning in Fiscal Year 2019 growing to $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2021 and this action will also eliminate a potential labor cost increase of approximately $1.6 beginning in Fiscal Year 2019. 

“We made a general announcement as we launched our TOKIN acquisition that we would reduce expenses there to improve performance and this is the first step in that process. We continue to be excited about the opportunities that this combination brings to us,” stated Per Loof, KEMET’s Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, we believe relocating our powder facility to be more efficient and close to our manufacturing process is imperative and we continue to look for ways to make our F&E business more competitive.  While our performance has been excellent to date, we continue to look for ways to enhance our operating profit and bring value to our shareholders,” continued Loof.


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Factors that may cause actual outcome and results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements include, but are not necessarily limited to the following: (i) adverse economic conditions could impact our ability to realize operating plans if the demand for our products declines, and such conditions could adversely affect our liquidity and ability to continue to operate and cause a write down of long-lived assets or goodwill; (ii) an increase in the cost or a decrease in the availability of our principal or single-sourced purchased raw materials; (iii) changes in the competitive environment; (iv) uncertainty of the timing of customer product qualifications in heavily regulated industries; (v) economic, political, or regulatory changes in the countries in which we operate; (vi) difficulties, delays or unexpected costs in completing the restructuring plans; (vii) acquisitions and other strategic transactions expose us to a variety of risks; (viii) acquisition of TOKIN may not achieve all of the anticipated results; (ix) our business could be negatively impacted by increased regulatory scrutiny and litigation; (x) difficulties associated with retaining, attracting and training effective employees and management; (xi) the need to develop innovative products to maintain customer relationships and offset potential price erosion in older products; (xii) exposure to claims alleging product defects; (xiii) the impact of laws and regulations that apply to our business, including those relating to environmental matters; (xiv) the impact of laws relating to trade, export controls and foreign corrupt practices; (xv) changes impacting international trade and corporate tax provisions related to the global manufacturing and sales of our products may have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; (xvi) volatility of financial and credit markets affecting our access to capital; (xvii) the need to reduce the total costs of our products to remain competitive; (xviii) potential limitation on the use of net operating losses to offset possible future taxable income; (xix) restrictions in our debt agreements that could limit our flexibility in operating our business; (xx) any failure of our information technology systems to function properly or control unauthorized access to our systems may cause business disruptions; (xxi) any economic and demographic experience for our pension plans and other post-retirement benefit plans that is less favorable than our assumptions; (xxii) fluctuation in distributor sales could adversely affect our results of operations, and (xxiii) earthquakes and other natural disasters could disrupt our operations and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.    

Contact: William M. Lowe, Jr. Richard J. Vatinelle
  Executive Vice President and Vice President and
  Chief Financial Officer Treasurer
  864-963-6484 954-766-2838

Source: KEMET Corporation