Gentherm Inc (NASDAQ:THRM) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Preliminary Transcript

Apr 26, 2018 • 08:00 am ET

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Gentherm Inc (NASDAQ:THRM) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Preliminary Transcript

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Q & A
Operator
Operator

(Operator Instructions) Our first question today comes from Christopher Van Horn of B. Riley FBR. Please go ahead.

Analyst
Dan Drawbaugh

Good morning. This is Dan Drawbaugh on the line for Chris. Thanks for taking our questions.

Executive
Barry G. Steele

Sure, Dan.

Analyst
Dan Drawbaugh

So just to start on Battery Thermal Management and congratulations on the announcement of that Mercedes win, that sounds like a good opportunity. I think you mentioned $50 million to $60 million run rate in that business by the end of 2019. if I didn't mishear you and I'm curious to know what you can share as to what you're assuming in that? I think you had shared last quarter that you had a second customer ramping up. Do you have any additional customers assumed in that $50 million to $60 million or is that just additional programs at your two customers?

Executive
Barry G. Steele

Yeah. Dan, thanks. Well, obviously we're very excited. To be launching on S-Class is kind of the pinnacle for this technology, but to answer your question, the $50 million to $60 million first of all is only Battery Thermal Management related to our thermoelectric technologies and it's only on the two customers that we've mentioned, so one is obviously Daimler and the second one is the North America OEM, which we have not announced yet. So that doesn't include you know there's a ton of work going on right now to expand that product line, especially now that we've reached a point where we're very comfortable with the technology since it's on the market, so it's right now just those two customers. Everything else will be upside.

Analyst
Dan Drawbaugh

Okay. Terrific. Thank you. And then on the cost savings that you've mentioned, I think you said there could be some impact in the coming quarters. And then obviously you may have some more long-term opportunities. Can you share a little bit about the magnitude we should be looking at and some of the areas you might be targeting with those cost savings?

Executive
Barry G. Steele

So we've basically put in a formal program where we're evaluating line-by-line the cost structure of the business. We're obviously seeing opportunities. We've got kind of a disciplined program in place to start identifying and tracking the specific measures to reduce those costs but it's still in the early stages. I would expect that you're unlikely to see any significant impact in this year, it'll be more effective in the coming year and in terms of the details behind it and the magnitude, I think, we'll be ready in June to share some pretty significant details behind that during the strategy session. So we'll hold off until then.

Analyst
Dan Drawbaugh

Okay. Fair enough. Thank you. And then last question from me. Etratech, year-over-year revenue growth of about 20% on a pro forma basis. You know that seems pretty strong, can you share whether there is something going on this year in particular that's boosting that, whether it might be one significant launch or if they're exposed to a certain program that's in high demand or