Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): February 14, 2017  

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

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155 Northboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772
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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On February 14, 2017 the Registrant issued a press release announcing financial results for the three months and first quarter of fiscal 2017 ended December 31, 2016.  A copy of such press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

     (d)                Exhibits

     99.1             Press Release issued by the Registrant on February 14, 2017 is furnished herewith.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 17, 2017By: /s/ Colleen M. Hamill        
  Colleen M. Hamill
  Assistant Treasurer



 Description of Exhibit
99.1 Press Release issued by the Registrant on February 14, 2017



Sevcon Reports Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2017

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sevcon, Inc. (Nasdaq:SEV) reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 ended December 31, 2016.   

Management Comments

“First-quarter revenues increased 38% year over year, reflecting the $5.2 million contribution from our Bassi acquisition, partially offset by lower sales from the industrial side of the business due to a continuation of the challenging macroeconomic headwinds our customers are facing,” said Sevcon Chief Executive Officer Matt Boyle.  “Bassi has performed above our expectations, having reported 33% revenue growth post acquisition compared with the same three-month period in the prior year, and we expect that momentum to continue in the second quarter.”

“During the first quarter, sales to on-road customers were up 25% compared with last year, due to demand in Europe for two wheel vehicles and additional revenues from engineering services associated with two on-road projects, respectively. Sales in both the two-wheel and four-wheel sectors increased by double-digits, although this business will continue to fluctuate from quarter to quarter due to the timing of orders as we ramp up development and production activities.”

“Comparing Q1 2017 with Q1 2016, we were negatively impacted by a combination of factors that adversely affected gross profit. Sales mix, predominately the increase in Bassi sales offset by lower industrial market revenues, lowered gross profit by approximately $1.1 million. Following a change of requirements by a customer, we recognized $500,000 of potential additional costs against one project and we are currently renegotiating the scope of this project. Foreign currency fluctuations reduced reported gross profit by approximately $300,000, mainly due to a stronger U.S. dollar compared with both the British pound and the euro than in the prior-year period.”

“After the close of the first quarter, we announced a project to provide a bespoke drivetrain to a Sino/European OEM -- Sevcon's sixth major project in the development pipeline. The agreement contains two near-term milestones, including the initial product sample and proof-of-concept in the current second quarter of fiscal 2017, and performance testing in the customer's vehicle in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.”  

“We remain very bullish about our prospects this year. While we expect challenging conditions in the industrial markets in the near-term, we expect to see further improvement in our on-road business as a result of our strong project pipeline. We are excited by the confidence that an increasing number of on-road OEMs are placing in our solutions, and we look forward to meeting the many milestones we have before us in 2017.  As we look even further out, our project pipeline and the market demand for electrification solutions provides us with significant opportunity for growth.”

First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results Summary

Revenues increased to $12.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 from $9.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, reflecting $5.2 million in revenues from Bassi. Excluding Bassi, revenues were $1.7 million lower than in the prior-year period, reflecting continued weakness on the industrial side of the business. Foreign currency fluctuations decreased reported sales in the first fiscal quarter by $0.9 million, or 10.4%.

First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Conference Call Details

Sevcon has scheduled a conference call to review its results for the first quarter tomorrow, February 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Those who wish to listen to the conference call webcast should visit the investor relations section of the company’s website at http://ir.sevcon.com. The live call also can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-5790 or (201) 689-8328 prior to the start of the call. If you are unable to listen to the live call, the webcast will be archived on the company’s website.                                                                               

First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Highlights
(In thousands, except per-share data) 
  Three months ended
  December 31,
  January 2,
Revenues $ 12,543     $ 9,115  
Gross Profit   2,753       4,116  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   (3,731)       (2,760)  
Research and development expenses   (1,441)       (860)  
Acquisition costs   -       (316)  
Operating (loss) income   (2,419)       180  
Interest expense   (138)       (22)  
Interest and other income   18       8  
Foreign currency loss   (442)       (71)  
(Loss) income before income taxes   (2,981)       95  
Income taxes benefit (provision)   489       (11)  
Net (loss) income   (2,492)       84  
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest   65       38  
Net (loss) income attributable to Sevcon, Inc. and subsidiaries   (2,427)       122  
Series A Preferred Share dividends   (91)       (111)  
Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders   (2,518)       11  
Basic (loss) income per share $ (0.48)     $ 0.00  
Diluted (loss) income per share $ (0.48)     $ 0.00  
Average shares outstanding - Basic   5,214       3,429  
Average shares outstanding - Diluted   5,214       3,576  

Summarized Balance Sheet Data
(Dollars in thousands)
  December 31,
  September 30,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,400     $ 14,127
Receivables   11,144       12,193
Inventories   14,884       13,666
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,407       3,602
Total current assets   39,835       43,588
Intangible assets   8,751       9,185
Goodwill   7,631       7,794
Other long-term assets   8,626       8,406
Total assets 64,843     $ 68,973
Current liabilities 15,373     $ 16,118
Liability for pension benefits   10,779       11,511
Other long-term liabilities   18,470       19,573
Stockholders’ equity   20,254       21,739
Non-controlling interest   (33)       32
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity 64,843     $ 68,973


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
(Dollars in thousands)
  Three months ended
  (in thousands of dollars)
  December 31,
  January 2,
Net (loss) income $ (2,492)     $   84  
Interest expense   138       22  
Interest income   7       (8)  
Income taxes   (489)       11  
Depreciation   213       169  
Amortization of Bassi intangible assets and      
fair value adjustments arising on      
acquisition of Bassi   235       -  
EBITDA $ (2,388)     $ 278  
Bassi acquisition costs   -       316  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (2,388)     $ 594  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Sevcon uses EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures, in this news release.  The Company reports these metrics because they are key measures used by its management and Board of Directors to evaluate the ongoing performance of the business and to develop short and long-term operational plans. Accordingly, the Company believes that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating Sevcon’s operating results in the same manner as its management and Board of Directors.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release about the Company’s anticipated financial results and growth, as well as those about the development of its products and markets, including without limitation, statements about the benefits that may be obtained from certain customer contracts, are forward-looking statements that are based on management’s present expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Important factors that could cause these statements not to be realized include that we may not be able to successfully integrate and manage the Bassi business, the Bassi acquisition may not further our business strategy or results as we expect, we may not be able to successfully complete the development of the controllers contracted by particular customers, the manufacturers for whom we are performing development work may decide not to commence production or purchase from us, and the markets for the particular vehicles may not develop as the manufacturers hope. Additional important factors are set forth under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Forms 10-K and 10-Q we file with the SEC.

About Sevcon, Inc.

Sevcon is a global supplier of control and power solutions for zero-emission, electric and hybrid vehicles. Its products control on- and off-road vehicle speed and movement, integrate specialized functions, optimize energy consumption and help reduce air pollution. Sevcon’s Bassi Division produces battery chargers for electric vehicles; power management and uninterrupted power source (UPS) systems for industrial, medical and telecom applications; and electronic instrumentation for battery laboratories. The company supplies customers from its operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Canada, China and the Asia Pacific region, as well as through an international dealer network. Visit www.sevcon.com and www.bassi-srl.eu.


David Calusdian
Sharon Merrill Associates
1 (617) 542 5300

Matt Boyle
President and CEO
1 (508) 281 5503