Gentex Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Gentex Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results 
ZEELAND, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 04/23/14 --  Gentex Corporation
(NASDAQ: GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of
automotive automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive
electronics, dimmable aircraft windows, and fire protection products,
today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March
31, 2014. 
For the first quarter of 2014, the Company's net sales were $335.7
million, up 25% compared with net sales of $269.5 million in the
first quarter of 2013. 
The gross profit margin in the first quarter of 2014 was 39.1%,
compared with a gross profit margin of 34.7% in the first quarter of
2013. The improvement in the gross profit margin is due to the impact
of the HomeLink(R) acquisition, improvements in product mix,
purchasing cost reductions, and the Company's ability to leverage
fixed overhead costs, which were partially offset by annual customer
price reductions. 
Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $68.6 million, up 51%
compared with net income of $45.4 million in the first quarter of
Earnings per diluted share in the first quarter of 2014 were $0.47,
an increase of $0.15 or 47% compared with earnings per diluted share
of $0.32 in the first quarter of 2013. 
Automotive mirror unit shipments in the first quarter of 2014
increased 13% compared with the first quarter of 2013, primarily due
to increased unit shipments to certain European and Asian automakers.
As a result, automotive net sales in the first quarter of 2014 were
$326.3 million, up 24% compared with automotive net sales of $263
million in the first quarter of 2013. 
Other net sales, which includes dimmable aircraft windows and fire
protection products, were $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2014,
up 44% compared with $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2013. 
"A year ago automotive sales were down in the first quarter of 2013
8% quarter-over-quarter, primarily due to decreased vehicle
production in Europe, Japan, and Korea. We are very pleased a year
later to have continued improvement in our core electrochromic mirror
business, together with the addition of HomeLink in its second
quarter of business with us," said Gentex Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer, Fred Bauer. "We are encouraged by the
year-over-year growth in mirror unit shipments and double digit sales
growth in the quarter, which was assisted by strength in Europe,
Japan and Korea and ultimately led to our outperforming first quarter
sales guidance," continued Bauer. 
Future Estimates 
The Company's forecasts for light vehicle production for each of the
following periods in 2014 compared with the same periods in 2013 are
based on the IHS Automotive April 2014, forecast for light vehicle
production in North America, Europe, Japan and Korea. 

    Light Vehicle Production (per IHS Automotive's April light vehicle      
                            production forecast)                            
                               (in Millions)                                
                     2nd      2nd               Calendar Calendar           
                   Quarter  Quarter               Year     Year             
Region              2014     2013   % Change      2014     2013   % Change  
----------------- -------- -------- --------    -------- -------- --------  
North America         4.32     4.26        1%       16.8     16.2        4% 
Europe                5.12     5.15       (1)%      19.6     19.5        1% 
Japan and Korea       3.14     3.29       (5)%      12.9     13.5       (4)%

Based on the April 2014 IHS production forecast and current forecasted
product mix, the Company estimates that net sales in the second
quarter of 2014 will increase approximately 15 - 20% compared to the
second quarter of 2013 and estimates the gross profit margin in the
second quarter of 2014 to be approximately 39 - 39.5%. 
The Company also estimates that E, R&D expense for the second quarter
of 2014 will increase 10 - 15% compared with the second quarter of
2013. S, G&A expense is estimated to increase 10 - 15% compared with
the second quarter of 2013. 
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements 
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements contained in this
communication that are not purely historical are forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements give the Company's current
expectations or forecasts of future events. These forward-looking
statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as
"anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "forecast",
"goal", "hope", "may", "plan", "project", "will", and variations of
such words and similar expressions. Such statements are subject to
risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and
beyond the Company's control, and could cause the Company's results
to differ materially from those described. These risks and
uncertainties include, without limitation, changes in general
industry or regional market conditions; changes in consumer and
customer preferences for our products; our ability to be awarded new
business; continued uncertainty in pricing negotiations with
customers; loss of business from increased competition; customer
bankruptcies or divestiture of customer brands; fluctuation in
vehicle production schedules; changes in product mix; raw material
shortages; higher raw material, fuel, energy and other costs;
unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates in the
regions in which we operate; costs or difficulties related to the
integration of any new or acquired technologies and businesses;
changes in regulatory conditions; warranty and recall claims and
other litigation and customer reactions thereto; possible adverse
results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims;
negative impact of any governmental investigations and associated
litigations including securities litigations relating to the conduct
of our business; integration of the newly acquired HomeLink business
operations; retention of the newly acquired customers of the HomeLink
business; and expansion of product offerings including those
incorporating HomeLink technology. Readers are cautioned not to place
undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only
as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to
publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as
required by law or the rules of the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
Accordingly, any forward-looking statement should be read in
conjunction with the additional information about risks and
uncertainties identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the
Company's latest Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. 
First Quarter Conference Call
 A conference call related to this news
release will be simulcast live on the Internet beginning at 10:30
a.m. EDT today, April 23, 2014. To access that call, go to and select the "Audio Webcast" icon on the right side
of the page. Other conference calls hosted by the Company will also
be available at that site in the future. 
About Th
e Company
 Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX)
is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics
to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation
markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market.
Visit the Company's web site at 

                            GENTEX CORPORATION                              
                       AUTO-DIMMING MIRROR SHIPMENTS                        
                                             Three Months Ended March 31,   
                                              2014       2013      Change   
                                           ---------  ---------  ---------  
North American Interior Mirrors                1,975      2,032         (3)%
North American Exterior Mirrors                  536        510          5% 
                                           ---------  ---------  ---------  
  Total North American Mirror Units            2,511      2,542         (1)%
International Interior Mirrors                 3,263      2,645         23% 
International Exterior Mirrors                 1,350      1,117         21% 
                                           ---------  ---------  ---------  
  Total International Mirror Units             4,613      3,762         23% 
Total Interior Mirrors                         5,238      4,677         12% 
Total Exterior Mirrors                         1,886      1,627         16% 
                                           ---------  ---------  ---------  
  Total Auto-Dimming Mirror Units              7,124      6,304         13% 
                                           =========  =========  =========  
                     GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES                    
                                                Three Months Ended March 31,
                                                     2014           2013    
                                                -------------  -------------
Net Sales                                       $ 335,739,344  $ 269,498,969
  Cost of Goods Sold                              204,440,537    176,035,466
                                                -------------  -------------
    Gross profit                                  131,298,807     93,463,503
  Engineering, Research & Development              20,
489,227     18,683,576
  Selling, General & Administrative                13,632,034     10,926,288
                                                -------------  -------------
  Income from operations                           97,177,546     63,853,639
  Other Income                                      4,514,544      1,900,273
                                                -------------  -------------
Income before Income Taxes                        101,692,090     65,753,912
Provision for Income Taxes                         33,126,019     20,323,345
                                                -------------  -------------
Net Income                                      $  68,566,071  $  45,430,567
                                                =============  =============
Earnings Per Share                                                          
  Basic                                         $        0.47  $        0.32
  Diluted                                       $        0.47  $        0.32
Weighted Average Shares                                                     
  Basic                                           144,918,406    142,534,655
  Diluted                                         146,718,507    143,075,465
Cash Dividends Decla
red per Share               $        0.14  $        0.14
                     GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES                    
                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                   
                                              (unaudited)      December 31, 
                                             March 31, 2014        2013     
                                            ---------------  ---------------
Cash and Short-Term Investments             $   374,688,291  $   309,591,724
Other Current Assets                            328,912,684      291,594,518
                                            ---------------  ---------------
Total Current Assets                            703,600,975      601,186,242
Plant and Equipment - Net                       358,920,465      357,021,225
Goodwill                                        307,365,845      307,365,845
Long-Term Investments                           108,967,579      107,005,522
Intangible Assets                               361,350,000      366,175,000
Patents and Other Assets                         24,848,059       25,334,600
                                            ---------------  ---------------
Total Other Assets                              802,531,483      805,880,967
                                            ---------------  ---------------
Total Assets                                $ 1,865,052,923  $ 1,764,088,434
                                            ===============  ===============
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' INVESTMENT                                    
Current Liabilities                         $   167,121,024  $   119,980,414
Long-Term Debt                                  263,750,000      265,625,000
Deferred Income Taxes                            49,258,818       50,879,337
Shareholders' Investment                      1,384,923,081    1,327,603,683
                                            ---------------  ---------------
Total Liabilities & Shareholders'                                           
 Investment                                 $ 1,865,052,923  $ 1,764,088,434
                                            ===============  ===============

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