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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
(x)
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 or
 
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from __________ to _________
Commission File No.: 0-10235
GENTEX CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Michigan
 
38-2030505
State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
 
600 N. Centennial Street, Zeeland, Michigan
 
49464
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (616) 772-1800
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.06 per share
 
Nasdaq Global Select Market
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As of June 30, 2017 (the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter), 286,208,624 shares of the registrant’s common stock, par value $.06 per share, were outstanding. The aggregate market value of the common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant (i.e., excluding shares held by executive officers, directors, and control persons as defined in Rule 405 (17 CFR 203.405) on that date was $5,284,326,964 computed at the closing price on that date.
As of February 1, 2018, 274,421,032 shares of the registrant’s common stock, par value $.06 per share, were outstanding,
Portions of the Company’s Proxy Statement for its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference into Part III.
GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
For the Year Ended December 31, 2017
FORM 10-K
Index

Part I
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Part II
 
 
 
 
Part III
 
 
 
 
 
Part IV
 
 
 
 






Part I
 
Item 1.        Business.
 
(a)
General Development of Business

Gentex Corporation (the "Company") designs and manufactures automatic-dimming rearview and non-dimming mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry, and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry. The Company’s largest business segment involves designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors that utilize proprietary electrochromic technology to dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps. Within this business segment, the Company also designs, develops and manufactures various electronics that are value added features to the interior and exterior automotive rearview mirrors as well as interior visors, overhead consoles, and other locations in the vehicle. The Company ships its products to all of the major automotive producing regions worldwide, which it supports with numerous sales, engineering and distribution locations worldwide.

The Company was organized as a Michigan corporation in 1974 to manufacture smoke detectors, a product line that has since evolved to include a variety of fire protection products. In 1982, the Company introduced an interior electro-mechanical automatic-dimming rearview mirror as an alternative to the manual day/night rearview mirrors for automotive applications. In 1987, the Company introduced an interior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirror for automotive applications. In 1991, the Company introduced an exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirror for automotive applications. In 1997, the Company began making volume shipments of three new exterior mirror sub-assembly products: thin glass flat, convex and aspheric. In 2005, the Company began making volume shipments of its new bezel-free exterior automatic-dimming mirror. In 2005, the Company announced, and in 2010 began delivering electrochromic dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry. In 2013, the Company acquired HomeLink®, a wireless vehicle/home communications product that enables drivers to remotely activate garage door openers, entry door locks, home lighting, security systems, entry gates and other radio frequency convenience products for automotive applications, wherein the Company had previously been a licensee of HomeLink® and had been, since 2003, integrating HomeLink® into its interior automatic-dimming rearview mirrors. In 2015, the Company began making shipments of the Full Display Mirror®, which is an on-demand, mirror-borne LCD display that streams live, panoramic video of the vehicle's rearward view in order to improve driver rear vision. Also in 2015, the Company signed an exclusive agreement in the ordinary course of business with TransCore LLP to integrate TransCore's toll module technology into the vehicle in a first-to-market application referred to as Integrated Toll Module® or "ITM"®. The interior mirror is an optimal location for a vehicle-integrated toll transponder and it eliminates the need to affix multiple toll tags to the windshield.

In 2017, the Company announced an agreement entered into during the ordinary course of business with VOXX to become the exclusive aftermarket distributor of the Gentex Aftermarket Full Display Mirror® ("FDM"®) in North America. The Company has also displayed a new three-camera rear vision system that streams rear video – in multiple composite views – to a rearview-mirror-integrated display. Further, the Company has announced an embedded biometric solution for vehicles that leverages iris scanning technology to create a secure environment in the vehicle. There are many use cases for authentication, which range from vehicle security to start functionality to personalization of mirrors, music, seat location and temperature, to the ability to control transactions not only for the ITM® system, but also the ride sharing car of the future. The Company believes iris recognition is among the most secure forms of biometric identification, with a false acceptance rate as low as one in 10 million, far superior to facial, voice, and other biometric systems. The Company's future plans include integrating biometric authentication with HomeLink® and HomeLink ConnectTM. The biometric system will allow HomeLink® to provide added security and convenience for multiple drivers by activating the unique home automation presets of different authorized users. The Company announced in January 2018 that it completed an exclusive licensing agreement, in the ordinary course of business, with Fingerprint to deploy its ActiveIRIS® iris-scanning biometric technology in automotive applications.

In January 2018, the Company also announced that an agreement had been signed, in the ordinary course of business, to participate in a round of financing with Yonomi, the Company's partner in home automation technology. The Company is working with Yonomi as a home automation aggregation partner and the Company has developed an app and cloud infrastructure called HomeLink ConnectTM. HomeLink ConnectTM is an all-new home automation app that pairs with the vehicle and allows drivers to operate home automation devices from the vehicle's center console display. Drivers of HomeLink ConnectTM compatible vehicles will be able to download and configure the app to control many available home automation devices and create entire home automation settings. The Company





also announced that Jaguar Land Rover will be the first original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") to deploy this new technology on their vehicles.

Automotive revenues represent approximately 98% of the Company's total revenue, consisting of interior and exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and automotive electronics.

 
(b)
Financial Information About Segments
See Note 7 to the Consolidated Financial Statements filed with this report.
 
(c)
Narrative Description of Business

The Company designs and manufactures automatic-dimming and non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry, and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry.

Automotive Products

Automotive Rearview Mirrors and Electronics. Automotive applications are the largest business segment for the Company, consisting of interior and exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and automotive electronics. The Company manufactures interior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors that darken to reduce glare and improve visibility for the driver. These electronic interior mirrors can also include additional electronic features such as compass, microphones, HomeLink®, lighting assist and driver assist forward safety camera systems, various lighting systems, various telematics systems, ITM® systems, and a wide variety of displays. The Company also ships interior non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors with features.

The Company’s interior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors also power the application of the Company’s exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors that darken to reduce glare and improve visibility for the driver. These electronic exterior mirrors typically range in size and shape per automaker specification, but also include additional features such as turn signal indicators, side blind zone indicators, and courtesy lighting. The Company also ships exterior non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors with similar electronic features available in its automatic-dimming applications.

The Company manufactures other automotive electronics products both inside and outside of the rearview mirror through HomeLink® applications in the vehicle including the rearview mirror, interior visor, overhead console, or center console.

The Company produces rearview mirrors and electronics for automotive passenger cars, light trucks, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans for OEMs worldwide, tier one automotive mirror manufacturers worldwide, and various aftermarket and accessory customers. Automotive rearview mirrors and electronics accounted for 98% of the Company’s consolidated net sales in 2017.

The Company is the leading manufacturer of electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors in the world, and is the dominant supplier to the automotive industry. Competitors for automotive rearview mirrors include Magna International, YH America, Inc., BYD Auto Company, Murakami Kaimeido Company, Steelmate, Tokai Rika Company, Peak Power Automotive, Adayo, Brandmotion, Echomaster, MEKRA Group, Beijing Sincode, and the China automotive aftermarket. The Company also supplies electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors to certain of these rearview mirror competitors.
Automotive Rearview Mirrors and Electronics Product Development. The Company continually seeks to develop new products and is currently working to introduce additional advanced-feature automatic-dimming mirrors. Advanced-feature automatic-dimming mirrors currently being offered by the Company include one or more of the following features: SmartBeam®, HomeLink®, frameless mirror designs, LED map lamps, compass and temperature displays, telematics, ITM® systems, hands free communication, as well as Rear Camera Display ("RCD") interior mirrors and FDM® interior mirrors, exterior turn signals, side blind zone indicators and various other exterior mirror features that improve safety and field of view. Advance features currently in development include: biometric authentication systems, camera monitoring systems ("CMS"), and large area auto-dimming devices.

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Automotive Rearview Mirrors and Electronics Markets and Marketing. In North America, Europe and Asia, the Company markets its products primarily through a direct sales force utilizing its sales and engineering offices located in Germany, UK, Sweden, France, Japan, South Korea and China, as well as its headquarters in Michigan. The Company generally supplies automatic-dimming mirrors and mirrors with advanced electronic features to its customers worldwide under annual blanket purchase orders with customers, as well as under long-term agreements with certain customers, entered into in the ordinary course of the Company's business.
The Company is currently supplying mirrors and electronics modules for BMW Group, Daimler Group, FCA Group, Ford Motor Co., Fuji Heavy, Geely/Volvo, General Motors, Honda Motor Co., Hyundai/Kia, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan Motor Co., Opel, PSA Group, Renault, SAIC, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota Motor Co., and Volkswagen.
The Company’s automatic-dimming mirror unit shipment mix by region has fluctuated over the past ten years. The following is a breakdown of unit shipment mix by region in 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2007 calendar years:
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2007
Domestic
19
%
 
23
%
 
22
%
 
32
%
Transplants(1)
12
%
 
13
%
 
15
%
 
12
%
North America
31
%
 
36
%
 
37
%
 
44
%
Europe
46
%
 
44
%
 
45
%
 
40
%
Asia-Pacific
23
%
 
20
%
 
18
%
 
16
%
Total
100
%
 
100
%
 
100
%
 
100
%
(1) European and Asian based automakers with automotive production plants in North America.

Revenues by major geographic area are disclosed in Note 7 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Historically, new safety and comfort and convenience options have entered the original equipment automotive market at relatively low rates on “top of the line” or luxury model automobiles. As the selection rates for the options on the luxury models increase, they generally become available on more models throughout the product line. The ongoing trend of domestic and foreign automakers is to offer several options as a package. The Company believes that its automatic-dimming mirrors with and without advanced features will be offered in more option packages, and continue to be available on more small and mid-size vehicle models as consumer awareness of these safety and comfort and convenience features continues to grow, and as the Company continues its efforts to make automakers aware of the Company's technology available on competitive vehicle platforms.
Automotive Rearview Mirrors and Electronics Competition. The Company continues to be the leading producer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors in the world and currently is the dominant supplier to the automotive industry with an approximate 93% market share worldwide in 2017 and an approximate 92% market share in 2016. While the Company believes it will retain a dominant position in automatic-dimming rearview mirrors for some time, another U.S. manufacturer, Magna Mirrors, a division of Magna International Inc. ("Magna"), continues to compete for sales to domestic and foreign vehicle manufacturers and is supplying a number of domestic and foreign vehicle models with its versions of auto-dimming mirrors and may have considerably more resources available to it. As such, Magna may present a formidable competitive threat. The Company also continues to sell automatic-dimming exterior mirror sub-assemblies to Magna Mirrors. In addition, a Japanese manufacturer (Tokai Rika) is currently supplying a few vehicle models in Japan with solid-state electrochromic mirrors. There are also a small number of Chinese domestic mirror suppliers that are marketing and selling automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, in low volume, within the domestic China automotive market. The Company currently believes, however, that these Chinese domestic mirror suppliers do not at this time meet global automotive grade specifications. Additionally, other companies have demonstrated products that are competitive to the Company's Full Display Mirror® system, and the Company acknowledges that dimming device (e.g., electrochromic) technology is the subject of research and development efforts by third parties.
Through the Company's HomeLink® function, the Company is the sole supplier of integrated wireless in-vehicle communication devices to the automotive industry for communication with garages, gates, parking barriers, and certain home automation products. HomeLink® business continues to be awarded to the Company either through its automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, or through HomeLink® electronic modules which are integrated into other areas of the automobile (i.e. visors, overhead consoles, and center consoles). In 2014, the Company announced HomeLink®

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applications for alternative automobiles and vehicle types which include but are not limited to motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles, tractors, combines, lawn mowers, loaders, backhoes and golf carts. These product developments will utilize the market leading HomeLink® V system of communication to the home, door locks, garage doors, gates, lights, security systems, and an increasing array of home automation products. The Company announced in January 2018 the launch of HomeLink Connect™, an extension of the Company's HomeLink® feature and an all-new home automation app that pairs with the vehicle and allows drivers to operate home automation devices from the vehicle’s center console display and/or rearview mirror controls. Drivers of HomeLink Connect™ compatible vehicles will be able to download and configure the app to control a myriad of individual home automation devices, or create entire home automation settings. The Company believes it is being awarded virtually all business in this area and that while the Company believes it continues to maintain a competitive advantage in this area, the increased focus on vehicle and home connectivity through other devices represents a competitive threat to this business.
The Company believes its electrochromic automatic-dimming mirrors and mirrors with advanced electronic features offer significant performance advantages over competing products and the Company makes significant research and development investments to continue to increase and improve the performance advantages of its products.
There are numerous other companies in the world conducting research on various technologies, including electrochromics, for controlling light transmission and reflection. The Company currently believes that the electrochromic materials and manufacturing process it uses for automotive mirrors remains the most efficient and cost-effective way to produce such products. While automatic-dimming mirrors using other technologies may eliminate glare, the Company currently believes that each of these technologies have inherent cost or performance limitations as compared to the Company's technologies.
As the Company continues to expand its automatic-dimming mirror products with additional advanced electronic features and expands the capabilities of its CMOS imager technology for additional features (i.e. SmartBeam®, FDM®, driver-assist features, rear video camera, etc.), as well as continuing to expand the capabilities of the Company's CMS technology, the Company recognizes that it is competing with considerably larger and more geographically diverse electronics companies that could present a formidable competitive threat in the future as new products/features and technologies are brought to market.
Dimmable Aircraft Windows
The Company provides variable dimmable windows for the passenger compartment on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Series of Aircraft. The Company continues to ship parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Series of Aircraft.
Markets and Marketing. The Company markets its variable dimmable windows to aircraft manufacturers globally.
Competition. The Company’s variable dimmable aircraft windows are the first commercialized product of its kind for original equipment installation in the aircraft industry. Other manufacturers are working to develop and sell competing products utilizing other technology in the aircraft industry for aftermarket or original equipment installation.
The Company’s success with electrochromic technology provides potential opportunities for other commercial applications, which the Company expects to explore in the future when and as the Company feels it is in its best interests to do so.
Fire Protection Products

The Company manufactures photoelectric smoke detectors and alarms, visual signaling alarms, photoelectric smoke detectors and electrochemical carbon monoxide alarms, electrochemical carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, audible and visual signaling alarms, and bells and speakers for use in fire detection systems in office buildings, hotels, and other commercial and residential establishments.
Markets and Marketing. The Company’s fire protection products are sold directly to fire protection and security product distributors under the Company’s brand name, to electrical wholesale houses, and to original equipment manufacturers of fire protection systems under both the Company’s brand name and private labels. The Company markets its fire protection products primarily in North America, but also globally through regional sales managers and manufacturer representative organizations.
Competition. The fire protection products industry is highly competitive in terms of both the smoke detectors and signaling appliance markets. The Company estimates that it competes principally with eight manufacturers of smoke detection products for commercial use and approximately four manufacturers within the residential market, three of which produce photoelectric smoke detectors. In the signaling appliance markets, the Company estimates it competes

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with approximately eight manufacturers. While the Company faces significant competition in the sale of smoke detectors and signaling appliances, it believes that the introduction of new products, improvements to its existing products, its diversified product line, and the availability of special features will permit the Company to maintain its competitive position.
Trademarks and Patents
The Company owns 36 U.S. Registered Trademarks and 581 U.S. Patents, of which 29 Registered Trademarks and 534 patents relate to electrochromic technology, automotive rearview mirrors, microphones, displays, cameras, sensor technology, and/or HomeLink® products. These patents expire at various times between 2018 and 2036. The Company believes that these patents provide the Company a competitive advantage in its markets, although no single patent is necessarily required for the success of the Company's products.
The Company also owns 290 foreign Registered Trademarks and 722 foreign patents, of which 272 Registered Trademarks and 705 patents relate to electrochromic technology, automotive rearview mirrors, microphones, displays, cameras, sensor technology, and/or HomeLink® products. These patents expire at various times between 2018 and 2042. The Company believes that the competitive advantage derived in the relevant foreign markets for these patents is comparable to that experienced in the U.S. market.

The Company owns 30 U.S. Patents and 8 foreign patents that relate specifically to the Company’s variable dimmable windows. The U.S. Patents expire between 2020 and 2034, while the foreign patents expire between 2021 and 2027.
The Company owns 7 U.S. Registered Trademarks, 17 U.S. Patents, 18 foreign Registered Trademarks, and 11 foreign patents that relate to the Company’s fire protection products. The US Patents expire between 2019 and 2035, while the foreign patents expire between 2020 and 2030. The Company believes that the competitive advantage provided by these patents is relatively small.
The Company also has in process 269 U.S. patent applications, 304 foreign patent applications, and 77 Trademark applications. The Company continuously seeks to improve its core technologies and apply those technologies to new and existing products. As those efforts produce patentable inventions, the Company expects to file appropriate patent applications.
In addition, the Company periodically obtains intellectual property rights, in the ordinary course of the Company's business, to strengthen its intellectual property portfolio and minimize potential risks of infringement.

Miscellaneous
The Company considers itself to be engaged in the manufacture and sale of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry, variable dimmable windows for the aviation industry, and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry. The Company has several important customers within the automotive industry, four of which each account for 10% or more of the Company's net sales in 2017 (including direct sales to OEM customers and sales through their Tier 1 suppliers): Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Company, Daimler Group, and Ford Motor Company. The loss of any of these customers (or certain other significant customers) could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business, financial condition, and/or results of operations. The Company’s backlog of unshipped orders was $463.3 million and $459.6 million at February 1, 2018, and 2017, respectively.
As of February 1, 2018, the Company had 5,481 full-time employees. None of the Company’s employees are represented by a labor union or other collective bargaining representative. The Company believes that its relations with its employees are in good standing. See "Executive Officers of the Registrant" in Part III, Item 10.
 
(d)
Financial Information About Geographic Areas
See the Narrative Description of Business (Item 1(c)) and Note 7 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for certain information regarding geographic areas.

(e)
Available Information
The Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to those reports, will be made available, free of charge, through the Investor Information

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section of the Company’s Internet website (http://ir.gentex.com) as soon as practicable after such materials are electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The SEC maintains an Internet website (http://www.sec.gov) that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issues that a company files electronically with the SEC.

Item 1A.    Risk Factors.
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements. This Annual Report on Form 10-K 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 (such as cameras replacing mirrors and/or autonomous driving); our ability to be awarded new business; continued uncertainty in pricing negotiations with customers; loss of business from increased competition; changes in strategic relationships; 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 and/or ability to maximize the value 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; changes in tax laws; import and export duty and tariff rates in or with the countries with which we conduct business; negative impact of any governmental investigations and associated litigations including securities litigations relating to the conduct of our business. 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.
The following risk factors, together with all other information provided in this Annual Report on Form 10-K should be carefully considered.
Automotive Industry. 98% of our net sales are to customers within the automotive industry. The automotive industry has always been cyclical and highly impacted by levels of economic activity. The current economic environment, while stable, continues to provide some uncertainty and continues to cause increased financial and production stresses evidenced by volatile production levels, volatility with customer orders, supplier part and material shortages, automotive and tier one supplier plant shutdowns, customer and supplier financial issues/bankruptcies, commodity material cost increases, consumer vehicle preference shifts, where we may have a lower penetration rate and lower content per vehicle, and supply chain stresses. If automotive customers (including their Tier 1 suppliers) and suppliers experience plant shutdowns, work stoppages, strikes, part shortages, etc., it could disrupt our shipments to these customers, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations.

Automakers continue to experience volatility and uncertainty in executing planned new programs which can result in delays or cancellations of new vehicle platforms, package configurations, and inaccurate volume forecasts. This makes it difficult for us to forecast future sales and manage costs, inventory, capital, engineering, research and development, and human resource investments.
Key Customers. We have a number of large customers, including four automotive customers which each account for 10% or more of our annual net sales in 2017 (including direct sales to OEM customers and sales through their Tier 1 suppliers): Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Company, Daimler Group, and Ford Motor Company. The loss of all or a substantial portion of the sales to, or decreases in production by, any of these customers (or certain other significant customers) could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations.
Pricing Pressures. We continue to experience on-going pricing pressures from our automotive customers and competitors, which have affected, and which will continue to affect our profit margins to the extent that we are unable to offset the price reductions with engineering and purchasing cost reductions, productivity improvements, increases in unit shipments of mirrors and electronics with advanced features, each of which pose an ongoing challenge, which could adversely impact our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations.

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Competition. We recognize that Magna Mirrors, our main competitor, may have considerably more resources available to it, and may present a formidable competitive threat.

Additionally, other companies have demonstrated products that are competitive to our Full Display Mirror® system, and we acknowledge that dimming device (e.g., electrochromic) technology is the subject of research and development efforts by third parties.

On March 31, 2014, the NHTSA issued a final rule requiring rearview video systems in U.S. light vehicles by May 1, 2018, with a phase-in schedule requirement of 10% of vehicles after May 2016, 40% of vehicles after May 2017, and 100% of vehicles after May 2018. In this release, NHTSA estimated that 57% of model year 2014 vehicles already have a rear video system, and that even without a final rule, 73% of the vehicles sold into North America would have already included a rearview video system by 2018. The Company’s RCD mirror application meets all the technical requirements of the NHTSA rule when installed in a vehicle and appropriately paired with an OEM specified camera. The NHTSA rule that rearview video systems are required has increased competition for systems capable of rear video in a variety of locations in the vehicle. Our RCD mirror application has and will continue to be affected by this increased competition.
Our SmartBeam® product is a driver-assist feature for headlamp lighting control that competes with other multiple-function driver-assist features that include headlamp lighting control as one of the multiple functions. While we believe SmartBeam® is a low cost solution for a safety feature that makes nighttime driving safer by maximizing a vehicle's high-beam usage, competition from multiple-function driver-assist products could impact the success of SmartBeam®.
On March 31, 2014 the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow automakers to use CMS as an option to replace conventional rearview mirrors within North America, however, no final rule or legislation was made in response to this petition. At the annual SAE Government-Industry Meeting in January 2017, NHTSA requested that SAE develop Recommended Procedures for test protocols and performance criteria for CMS that would replace mirror systems on light vehicles in the U.S. market. SAE assigned the task to the Driver Vision Committee, and the SAE Driver Vision Committee created a CMS Task Force to draft the Recommended Procedures. In the second half of 2017, NHTSA published its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Estimate that references rear visibility as an area for deregulation consideration. With that said, the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, published by the Trump Administration after the NHTSA Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Estimate, does not reference rule making for new or changed requirements of the rear visibility standard.
In July 2016, a revision to UN-ECE Regulation 46 was published with an effective date of June 18, 2016, which allows for camera monitor systems to replace mirrors within Japan and European countries. As of January 2017, camera monitoring systems are also permitted as an alternative to replace mirrors in the Korean market. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company continues to believe rearview mirrors provide a robust, simple and cost effective means to view the surrounding areas of a vehicle and remain the primary safety function for rear vision today. Cameras when used as the primary rear vision delivery mechanism have some inherent limitations such as: electrical failure; cameras being blocked or obstructed; depth perception challenges; and viewing angle of the camera. Nonetheless, the Company continues designing and manufacturing not only rearview mirrors, but CMOS imagers and video displays as well. The Company believes that combining video displays with mirrors may well provide a more robust product by addressing all driving conditions in a single solution that can be controlled by the driver. The Company has launched a rear vision camera system that streams rear video to a rearview-mirror-integrated display using the Company's Full Display Mirror®. This CMS solution uses three cameras to provide a comprehensive view of the sides and rear of the vehicle. The Company also continues to develop in the areas of imager performance, camera dynamic range, lens design, image processing from the camera to the display, and camera lens cleaning. The Company acknowledges that as such technology evolves over time, such as cameras replacing mirrors and/or autonomous driving, there could be increased competition.

Product Mix. We sell products that have varying profit margins. Our financial performance can be impacted depending on the mix of products we sell during a given period. The automotive industry is subject to rapid technological change, vigorous competition, short product life cycles and cyclical, ever-changing consumer demand patterns. When our customers are adversely affected by these factors, we may be similarly affected to the extent that our customers reduce the volume of orders for our products. As a result of such changes and circumstances impacting our customers, sales mix can shift which may have either favorable or unfavorable impact on revenue and would include shifts in regional growth, in OEM sales demand, as well as in consumer demand related to vehicle segment purchases and content penetration. A decrease in consumer demand for specific types of vehicles where we have traditionally provided significant content could have a significant effect on our business, financial

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condition, and/or results of operations. Our forward guidance and estimates assume a certain geographic sales mix as well as a product sales mix. If actual results vary from this projected geographic and product mix of sales, our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations could be negatively impacted.

Business Combinations. We anticipate that acquisitions of businesses and assets may play a role in our future growth. We cannot be certain that we will be able to identify attractive acquisition targets, obtain financing for acquisitions on satisfactory terms, successfully acquire identified targets or manage timing of acquisitions with capital obligations across our businesses. Additionally, we may not be successful in integrating acquired businesses into our existing operations, achieving projected synergies, and/or maximizing the value of acquired technologies and businesses. Competition for acquisition opportunities in the various industries in which we operate already exists and may increase, thereby potentially increasing our costs of making acquisitions or causing us to refrain from making further acquisitions. We are also subject to applicable antitrust laws and must avoid anticompetitive behavior. These and other acquisition-related factors may negatively and adversely impact our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations.
Intellectual Property. We believe that our patents and trade secrets provide us with a competitive advantage in automotive rearview mirrors, variable dimmable windows, electronics, and fire protection products, although no single patent is necessarily required for the success of our products. The loss of any significant combination of patents and trade secrets regarding our products could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations. Lack of intellectual property protection in a number of countries, including China, poses risk for the Company. This trend represents an increasing risk to technology companies in the United States, including the Company.
New Technology and Product Development. We continue to invest a significant portion of our annual sales in engineering, research and development projects. Should these efforts ultimately prove unsuccessful, our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations could be adversely affected.
Intellectual Property Litigation and Infringement Claims. A successful claim of patent or other intellectual property infringement and damages against us could affect our profitability and future growth. If someone claims that our products infringed their intellectual property rights, any resulting litigation could be costly and time consuming and would divert the attention of management and key personnel from other business issues. The complexity of the technology involved in our business and the uncertainty of intellectual property litigation significantly increases these risks and makes such risk part of our on-going business. To that end, we periodically obtain intellectual property rights, in the ordinary course of business, to strengthen our intellectual property portfolio and minimize potential risks of infringement. The increasing tendency of patents granted to others on combinations of known technology is a potential threat to our Company. Any of these adverse consequences could potentially have an effect on our business, financial condition and/or results of operations.
Credit Risk. Certain automakers and Tier 1 customers may be considering the sale of certain business segments or bankruptcy. Should one or more of our larger customers (including sales through their Tier 1 suppliers) declare bankruptcy or sell their business, it could adversely affect the collection of receivables, our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations. The current economic environment continues to cause increased financial pressures and production stresses on our customers, which could impact the timeliness of customer payments and ultimately the collectability of receivables.
Our overall allowance for doubtful accounts primarily relates to financially distressed automotive mirror and electronics customers. We continue to work with these financially distressed customers in collecting past due balances. Refer to Note 1 of the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details regarding our allowance for doubtful accounts.
Supply Chain Disruptions. Due to the just-in-time supply chains within our business and the automotive industry, a disruption in a supply chain caused by one or more of our suppliers and/or an unrelated Tier 1 supplier due to part shortages, natural disasters, work stoppages, strikes, bankruptcy, etc. could disrupt our shipments to one or more automakers or Tier 1 customers, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations.
Business Disruptions. Manufacturing of our proprietary products employing electro-optic technology is performed at our manufacturing facilities in Zeeland and Holland, Michigan. One of our manufacturing facilities is located in Holland, Michigan, which is approximately three miles from our other manufacturing facilities in Zeeland, Michigan. Should a catastrophic event occur, our ability to manufacture product, complete existing orders and provide other services could be severely impacted for an undetermined period of time. We have purchased business interruption insurance to address some of these potential costs. Our inability to conduct normal business operations for a period of time may have an adverse impact on our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations.

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IT Infrastructure. A failure of our information technology ("IT") infrastructure could adversely impact our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations. We rely upon the capacity, reliability and security of our information technology infrastructure and our ability to expand and continually update this infrastructure in response to the changing needs of our business. For example, we have implemented enterprise resource planning and other IT systems in certain aspects of our businesses over a period of several years and continue to update and further implement new systems going forward. These systems may not perform as expected. We also face the challenge of supporting our older systems and implementing necessary upgrades. If we experience a problem with the functioning of an important IT system or a security breach of our IT systems, the resulting disruptions could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations. We, and certain of our third-party vendors, receive and store personal information in connection with our human resources operations and other aspects of our business. Despite our implementation of security measures, our IT systems, like all IT systems, are vulnerable to damages from computer viruses, natural disasters, unauthorized access, cyber-attack and other similar disruptions. Any system failure, accident or security breach could result in disruptions to our operations. A material network breach in the security of our IT systems could include the theft of our intellectual property, trade secrets or customer information. To the extent that any disruptions or security breach results in a loss or damage to our data, or an inappropriate disclosure of confidential or customer information, it could cause significant damage to our reputation, affect our relationships with our customers, lead to claims against the Company and ultimately harm our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations. In addition, we may be required to incur significant costs to protect against damage caused by these disruptions or security breaches in the future.

Employees. Our business success depends on attracting and retaining qualified personnel. Our ability to sustain and grow our business requires us to hire, retain and develop a highly skilled and diverse management team and workforce. Failure to ensure that we have the leadership capacity with the necessary skill sets and experience could impede our ability to deliver our growth objectives and execute our strategic plan. Organizational and reporting changes within management could result in increased turnover. In addition, any unplanned turnover or inability to attract and retain key employees, including managers, could have a negative effect on our business, financial condition and/or results of operations.

Government Regulations. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contains provisions to improve transparency and accountability concerning the supply of certain minerals, known as conflict minerals, originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries. As a result, in August 2012 the SEC adopted annual disclosure and reporting requirements for those companies who use conflict minerals mined from the DRC and adjoining countries in their products. These new requirements required due diligence efforts in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and the Company has disclosed its findings annually to the SEC on Form SD around May 30 each year. As there may be only a limited number of suppliers offering "conflict free" minerals, the Company cannot be sure that we will be able to obtain necessary conflict minerals from such suppliers in sufficient quantities or at competitive prices. Also, the Company may face reputational challenges if we determine that certain of our products contain minerals not determined to be conflict free or if the Company is unable to sufficiently verify the origins for all conflict minerals used in the Company's products through the procedures the Company may implement.

The European New Car Assessment Program ("Euro NCAP") provides an incentive for automobiles sold in Europe to apply safety technologies that include driver assist features such as lane detection, vehicle detection, and pedestrian detection as standard equipment. Euro NCAP compliant driver assist systems are also capable of including high beam assist as a function. The increased application of Euro NCAP on European vehicles could potentially replace the Company's SmartBeam application on these vehicles.

On December 8, 2015, the NHTSA proposed changes to the Administration’s 5-Star Safety Ratings for new vehicles (also known as the New Car Assessment Program or NCAP) and initiated a comment period.  The proposed changes will, for the first time, encompass assessment of crash-avoidance technologies, which includes lower beam headlamp performance, semi-automatic headlamp switching, and blind spot detection.  NHTSA originally intended to implement the enhancements in NCAP in 2018 beginning with model year 2019 vehicles.  In January 2017, NHTSA, published a notice on SafeCar.gov stating the new goal for implementation was calendar year 2019 for model year 2020; however, the notice has been removed from the aforementioned website after the January 20, 2017 Regulatory Freeze Pending Review Memorandum from the Trump Administration. In addition, the aforementioned NHTSA Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Estimate allocated a portion of the budget for NCAP, including the possibility of a new comment period and that NHTSA will consider modernizing portions of the lighting standard to permit innovation in the area of adaptive driving-beam headlights.

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The Company believes that its SmartBeam® technology will qualify with the semi-automatic headlamp NCAP rating system, and that its SmartBeam® technology and exterior mirrors with blind spot alert lighting can be included in a system that qualifies with the lower beam headlamp performance and blind spot detection NCAP rating system, respectively.

Interest Rate Risk. The Company is exposed to interest rate changes primarily as a result of interest expense on borrowings used to finance an acquisition and working capital requirements. The Company's total variable-rate debt was $78.0 million as of December 31, 2017. As of December 31, 2017, the Company held one interest rate swap agreement denominated in U.S. dollars that effectively converts $150 million of its variable-rate debt to fixed-rate debt that had an effective date of July 31, 2015, and lasts through the term of the Company's loan agreement related thereto which is September 27, 2018. The interest rate swap derivative instrument is held and used by the Company as a tool for managing interest rate risk. The counterparty to the swap instrument is a large financial institution that the Company believes is of high-quality creditworthiness. While the Company may be exposed to potential losses due to the credit risk of non-performance by this counterparty, such losses are not anticipated. The fair value of the interest rate swap was recorded within other accrued liabilities in the amount of $0.2 million on December 31, 2017. As of December 31, 2017, the weighted-average interest rate on the Company's variable-rate debt was approximately 2.57%. Based on loan balances as of December 31, 2017, and the effective date of July 31, 2015 of the interest rate swap, a one percent increase in the Company's borrowing rate would increase net interest expense paid by the Company on its borrowings by less than $0.1 million on an annual basis. The Company does not enter into contracts for speculative or trading purposes, nor is it a party to any leveraged derivative instruments.

International Operations. We currently conduct operations in various countries and jurisdictions, including purchasing raw materials and other supplies from many different countries around the world, which subjects us to the legal, political, regulatory and social requirements as well as various economic conditions in these jurisdictions. Some of these countries are considered growth markets. International sales and operations, especially in growth markets, subject us to certain risks inherent in doing business abroad, including:
Exposure to local economic, political and labor conditions;
Unexpected changes in laws, regulations, trade or monetary or fiscal policy, including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates and changes in the rate of inflation in the U.S. and other foreign countries;
Tariffs, quotas, customs and other import or export restrictions and other trade barriers;
Expropriation and nationalization;
Difficulty of enforcing agreements, collecting receivables and protecting assets through non-U.S. legal systems;
Reduced intellectual property protection;
Withholding and other taxes on remittances and other payments by subsidiaries;
Investment restrictions or requirements;
Export and import restrictions;
Violence and civil unrest in local countries;
Compliance with the requirements of an increasing body of applicable anti-bribery laws, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act and similar laws of various other countries; and
Exposure related to buying, selling and financing in currencies other than the local currencies of the countries in which we operate.

Other. Other issues and uncertainties which could adversely impact our business, financial condition, and/or results of operations include:

Volatility in commodity prices may adversely affect our business, financial condition and/or results of operations. If commodity prices rise, and if we are unable to recover these cost increases from our customers, such increases could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and/or results of operations;
Uncertain equity markets may negatively impact our financial performance due to an increase in realized losses on the sale of equity investments and/or recognized losses due to an Other-Than-Temporary Impairment adjustment on available-for-sale securities;
General economic conditions continue to be of concern in many of the regions in which we do business, given that our primary industry is greatly impacted by overall general economic conditions. Any continued adverse worldwide economic conditions, currency exchange rates, war or significant terrorist acts, could each affect worldwide automotive sales and production levels;
Manufacturing yield issues may negatively impact our business, financial condition and/or results of operations; and

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Obligations and costs associated with addressing quality issues or warranty claims may adversely affect our business, financial condition and/or results of operations.

Antitakeover Provisions. Our articles of incorporation, bylaws, and the laws of the state of Michigan include provisions that may provide our board of directors with adequate time to consider whether a hostile takeover offer is in our best interest and the best interests of our shareholders. These provisions, however, could discourage potential acquisition proposals and could delay or prevent a change in control.
Fluctuations in Market Price. The market price for our common stock has fluctuated, ranging from a low of $16.59 to a high of $22.12 during 2017. The overall market and the price of our common stock may continue to fluctuate. There may be a significant impact on the market price for our common stock relating to the issues discussed above or due to any of the following:

Variations in our anticipated or actual operating results or the results of our competitors;
Changes in investors’ or analysts’ perceptions of the risks and conditions of our business and in particular our primary industry;
Intellectual property litigation and infringement claims;
The size of the public float of our common stock;
Market conditions, including the industry in which we operate; and
General macroeconomic conditions.

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Item 1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments.
None


Item 2.        Properties.
As of December 31, 2017 the Company operates primarily out of facilities in Zeeland and Holland, Michigan, which consist of manufacturing and office space. The Company also operates a chemistry lab facility to support production in Zeeland, Michigan. In addition, the Company operates overseas offices in Europe and Asia as further discussed below. The office and production facility for the Fire Protection Products Group is a 25,000 square-foot, one-story building leased by the Company since 1978, which will be acquired by the Company in the first quarter of 2018 as previously announced.

North America

The corporate office and production facility for the Company’s Automotive Products Group is a modern, two-story, 150,000 square-foot building of steel and masonry construction situated on a 40-acre site in a well-kept industrial park. A second 128,000 square-foot office/manufacturing facility was completed on this site in 1996. The Company expanded its automotive production facilities by constructing a third 170,000 square-foot facility on its current site which opened in 2000.
In 2002, the Company expanded its manufacturing operations in Zeeland, Michigan, with the construction of a 150,000 square-foot automotive mirror manufacturing facility. In 2003, the Company also announced plans for a new 200,000 square-foot technical office facility linking the fourth manufacturing facility with its existing corporate office and production facility. The Company completed the construction of this facility and the new technical center in 2006 at a total cost of approximately $38 million, which was funded from its cash and cash equivalents on hand.
In 2008, the Company expanded its automotive exterior mirror manufacturing facility in Zeeland, Michigan, with the construction of a 60,000 square-foot building addition, which was completed at a cost of approximately $6 million, which was funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand.
In 2010, the Company purchased an existing 108,000-square-foot electronics manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan, which is located approximately three miles from its other manufacturing facilities in Zeeland, Michigan. The facility was operational in the first quarter of 2011 and at full capacity in the third quarter of 2011. The total cost to purchase the facility and building improvements was approximately $5 million, which was funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand. In 2012, the Company expanded this electronics assembly facility with the construction of a 125,000 square-foot expansion. The total cost of the facility expansion was approximately $25 million and was funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand.
In 2012, the Company expanded its automotive exterior mirror manufacturing facility in Zeeland, Michigan, with the construction of a 32,000 square-foot building addition, which was completed at a cost of approximately $4 million. The Company also constructed a 60,000 square-foot chemistry lab facility in Zeeland, Michigan, which was completed as a cost of approximately $11.5 million. These expansion projects in 2012 were funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand.
In 2013, the Company completed a 120,000 square-foot expansion project connecting two of its manufacturing facilities in Zeeland, Michigan, with a total cost of approximately $25 million. Also in 2013, the Company completed a 10,000 square-foot facility to centralize the production and distribution of chilled water that is used in production and chemistry labs, as well as air conditioning. This was completed for a total cost of approximately $11 million. The above projects were funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand.
In 2017, the Company completed construction of a 250,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility located at a 140 acre site in Zeeland, Michigan, with a total cost of approximately $63 million, which was funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand. The distribution portion of the facility was operational in 2016, and the manufacturing portion of the facility became operational in early 2017.
Europe
The Company also has sales and engineering offices throughout Europe to support its sales and engineering efforts. In 1993, the Company established a sales and engineering office in Germany and the following year, the Company

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formed a German limited liability company, Gentex GmbH, to expand its sales and engineering support activities in Europe. In 2003, the Company constructed a 40,000 square-foot office and distribution facility in Erlenbach, Germany, at a cost of approximately $5 million, which was funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand. In 2016, the Company completed a 50,000 square-foot expansion of this facility, with a total cost of approximately $6 million, funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand.
The Company also operates satellite sales and engineering offices in Pfaffenhofen, Sindelfingen and Cologne, Germany.
The Company currently also operates sales and engineering offices out of the United Kingdom, France, and Sweden.
Asia
In 1998, the Company established Gentex Japan, Inc., as a sales and engineering office in Nagoya, Japan, to expand its sales and engineering support in Japan. In 2004, the Company established a satellite office in Yokohama, Japan. In 2011, the Company established a satellite office in Tochigi, Japan.
In 2002, the Company established Gentex Technologies Korea Co., Ltd. as a sales and engineering office in Seoul, Korea.
In 2005, the Company opened a sales and engineering office near Shanghai, China. In 2006, the Company purchased a 25,000 square-foot office and distribution facility near Shanghai, China, at a cost of approximately $750,000, which was funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand. In 2017, the Company purchased a 40,000 square-foot office and distribution facility near Shanghai, China, at a cost of approximately $7.8 million, which was funded from cash and cash equivalents on hand.
Capacity
The Company believes its existing and planned facilities are currently suitable, adequate, and have the capacity required for current and near-term planned business. Nevertheless, the Company continues to evaluate longer term facilities needs.
The Company estimates that it currently has building capacity to manufacture approximately 30 - 33 million interior mirror units annually, based on current product mix. The Company evaluates equipment capacity on an ongoing basis and adds equipment as needed. In 2017, the Company shipped 28.3 million interior automatic-dimming mirrors.
The Company’s automotive exterior mirror manufacturing facility has an estimated building capacity to manufacture approximately 13 - 15 million units annually, based on the current product mix. The Company evaluates equipment capacity on an ongoing basis and adds equipment as needed. In 2017, the Company shipped approximately 11.0 million exterior automatic-dimming mirrors.

Item 3.        Legal Proceedings.
The Company is periodically involved in legal proceedings, legal actions and claims arising in the normal course of business, including proceedings relating to product liability, intellectual property, safety and health, employment and other matters. Such matters are subject to many uncertainties, and outcomes are not predictable. The Company does not believe however, that at the current time, there are any matters that constitute material pending legal proceedings that will have a material adverse effect on the financial position or future results of operations of the Company.


Item 4.        Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.



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PART II
 

Item 5. Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

(a) The Company’s common stock trades on The Nasdaq Global Select Market®. As of February 1, 2018, there were 3,118 record-holders of the Company’s common stock. Ranges of high and low sale prices of the Company’s common stock reported through The Nasdaq Global Select Market for the past two fiscal years appear in the following table.
 
Common Stock Price Range
 
Dividends Declared Per Share
Quarter
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
First Quarter
$19.76 - 22.12
 
$12.93 - 15.90
 
$
0.090

 
$
0.085

Second Quarter
$18.06 - 21.49
 
$14.69 - 16.60
 
0.100

 
0.090

Third Quarter
$16.59 - 19.98
 
$14.66 - 18.30
 
0.100

 
0.090

Fourth Quarter
$18.51 - 21.16
 
$16.06 - 20.39
 
0.100

 
0.090

Year
$16.59 - 22.12
 
$12.93 - 20.39
 
$
0.390

 
$
0.355

See Item 12 of Part III with respect to “Equity Compensation Plan Summary,” which is incorporated herein.
Stock Performance Graph: The following graph depicts the cumulative total return on the Company’s common stock compared to the cumulative total return on the Nasdaq Composite Index (all U.S. companies) and the Dow Jones U.S. Auto Parts Index (excluding tire and rubber makers). The graph assumes an investment of $100 on the last trading day of 2012, and reinvestment of dividends in all cases.
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In August 2008, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.055 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. In February 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.06 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. In February 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.065 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. In February 2013, the Company's Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.07 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. In May 2014, the Company's Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.08 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. In May 2015, the Company's Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.085 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. In May 2016, the Company's Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.09 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. In May 2017, the Company's Board of Directors approved a continuing resolution to pay a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of $0.10 per share until the Board takes other action with respect to the payment of dividends. The Company intends to continue to pay a quarterly cash dividend and will consider future dividend rate adjustments based on the Company’s financial condition, profitability, cash flow, liquidity and other relevant business factors. (All per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the two-for-one stock split effected in the form of a 100% stock dividend issued December 31, 2014).
 
(b) Not applicable.

(c)
On October 8, 2002, the Company announced a share repurchase plan, under which it had the authority to repurchase up to 16,000,000 shares (post-split) based on a number of factors. On July 20, 2005, the Company announced that it had raised the price at which the Company may repurchase shares under the existing plan. On May 16, 2006, the Company announced that the Company's Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional 16,000,000 shares (post-split) under the plan. On August 14, 2006, the Company announced that the Company's Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional 16,000,000 shares (post-split) under the plan. On February 26, 2008, the Company announced that the Company's Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional 8,000,000 shares (post-split) under the plan. On October 23, 2012, the Company announced that the Company's Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional 8,000,000 shares (post-split) under the plan. On October 21, 2015, the Company announced that the Company's Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional 5,000,000 shares (post-split) under the plan. On February 18, 2016, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional 5,000,000 shares (post-split) under the plan. On October 20, 2016, the Company announced that the Company's Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional 7,500,000 shares (post - split) under the plan. On August 23, 2017, the Company announced that the Company's Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional 15,000,000 shares (post - split) under the plan. Additionally, on January 16, 2018, the Company repurchased and subsequently retired approximately 5.5 million shares of common stock from the former CEO pursuant to his retirement agreement, which was effective December 31, 2017, as previously announced. These share repurchases were approved by the Company's Board of Directors and were not repurchased as part of the Company’s existing share repurchase plan. The Company may purchase authorized shares of its common stock under the plan based on a number of factors, including: market, economic, and industry conditions; the market price of the Company's common stock; anti-dilutive effect on earnings; available cash; and other factors that the Company deems appropriate. The plan does not have an expiration date, but the Board of Directors reviews such plan periodically.


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The following is a summary of share repurchase activity during 2017:
Issuer Purchase of Equity Securities
Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased
Average Price Paid Per Share
Total Number of Shares Purchased As Part of a Publicly Announced Plan*
Maximum Number of Shares That May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plan*
January 2017
662,681

$
21.14

662,681

6,083,139

February 2017
410,224

20.43

410,224

5,672,915

March 2017
400,498

21.47

400,498

5,272,417

April 2017
565,525

20.17

565,525

4,706,892

May 2017
1,141,197

19.60

1,141,197

3,565,695

June 2017
475,153

18.50

475,153

3,090,542

July 2017
1,234,386

17.36

1,234,386

1,856,156

August 2017
1,603,749

17.45

1,603,749

15,252,407

September 2017
375,011

18.24

375,011

14,877,396

October 2017
575,105

19.15

575,105

14,302,291

November 2017
2,061,005

19.25

2,061,005

12,241,286

December 2017
2,450,390

20.75

2,450,390

9,790,896

Total
11,954,924

 
11,954,924

 

* See above paragraph for data on which plan was announced, the total number of shares approved for
repurchase under the plan, and the expiration date (if any) of the plan.

Additionally, as previously announced, on January 16, 2018, the Company repurchased approximately 5.5 million shares of common stock from the former CEO pursuant to his retirement agreement, which was effective December 31, 2017. These share repurchases were approved by the Company's Board of Directors and were not repurchased as part of the Company’s existing share repurchase plan.

As of December 31, 2017, the Company has repurchased 86,709,104 shares at a total cost of $950,584,323 under the plan. The following is a summary of quarterly share repurchase activity under the plan to date (adjusted for two-for-one stock splits each effected in the form of a 100% stock dividend issued effective May 6, 2005 and December 31, 2014, respectively):

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Quarter Ended
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
(Post-Split)
 
Cost of Shares
Purchased
March 31, 2003
1,660,000

 
$
10,246,810

September 30, 2005
2,992,118

 
25,214,573

March 31, 2006
5,607,096

 
47,145,310

June 30, 2006
14,402,162

 
104,604,414

September 30, 2006
7,936,342

 
55,614,102

December 31, 2006
2,465,768

 
19,487,427

March 31, 2007
895,420

 
7,328,015

March 31, 2008
4,401,504

 
34,619,490

June 30, 2008
2,407,120

 
19,043,775

September 30, 2008
5,038,306

 
39,689,410

December 31, 2008
4,250,506

 
17,907,128

September 30, 2012
3,943,658

 
33,716,725

September 30, 2014
703,130

 
9,999,957

December 31, 2014
1,094,350

 
20,010,925

March 31, 2015
1,406,595

 
25,049,145

June 30, 2015
1,427,469

 
25,058,050

September 30, 2015
2,051,013

 
32,793,258

December 31, 2015
1,765,496

 
28,328,372

March 31, 2016
3,124,053

 
44,585,668

June 30, 2016
3,080,993

 
47,689,204

September 30, 2016
1,836,312

 
30,466,752

December 31, 2016
2,264,769

 
40,622,598

March 31, 2017
1,473,403

 
30,986,386

June 30, 2017
2,181,875

 
42,570,501

September 30, 2017
3,213,146

 
56,270,779

December 31, 2017
5,086,500

 
101,535,549

Total
86,709,104

 
$
950,584,323






Item 6.
Selected Financial Data.
 
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net Sales
$
1,794,873

 
$1,678,925
 
$1,543,618
 
$1,375,501
 
$1,171,864
Net Income
406,792

 
347,591

 
318,470

 
288,605

 
222,930

Earnings Per Share (Fully Diluted)
$
1.41

 
$
1.19

 
$
1.08

 
$
0.98

 
$
0.77

Gross Profit Margin
38.7
%
 
39.8
%
 
39.1
%
 
39.2
%
 
36.8
%
Cash Dividends per Common Share
$
0.390

 
$
0.355

 
$
0.335

 
$
0.31

 
$
0.28

Total Assets
$
2,352,054

 
$
2,309,620

 
$
2,148,673

 
$
2,022,540

 
$
1,764,088

Long-Term Debt Outstanding at Year End
$

 
$
178,125

 
$
225,625

 
$
258,125

 
$
265,625


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Item 7.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Results of Operations
The following table sets forth for the periods indicated certain items from the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income expressed as a percentage of net sales and the percentage change in the dollar amount of each such item from that in the indicated previous year.
 
 
Percentage of Net Sales
 
Percentage Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Vs
 
Vs
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Net Sales
100.0
%
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
%
 
6.9
 %
 
8.8
 %
Cost of Goods Sold
61.3

 
60.2

 
60.9

 
8.9

 
7.5

Gross Profit
38.7

 
39.8

 
39.1

 
3.9

 
10.7

Operating Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Engineering, Research and Development
5.6

 
5.6

 
5.7

 
5.8

 
6.6

Selling, General and Administrative
4.0

 
3.7

 
3.7

 
14.4

 
10.3

Total Operating Expenses:
9.5

 
9.3

 
9.4

 
9.2

 
8.1

Operating Income
29.2

 
30.5

 
29.7

 
2.3

 
11.5

Other Income/(Expense)
0.5

 
(0.1
)
 
0.3

 
(813.8
)
 
(124.5
)
Income Before Provision for Income Taxes
29.6

 
30.4

 
30.0

 
4.2

 
10.1

Provision for Income Taxes
7.0

 
9.7

 
9.4

 
(23.3
)
 
12.3

Net Income
22.7
%
 
20.7
 %
 
20.6
%
 
17.0
 %
 
9.1
 %

Results of Operations: 2017 to 2016
Net Sales. In 2017, Company net sales increased by $115.9 million, or 7% compared to the prior year. Automotive net sales increased due to a 9% increase in automatic-dimming mirror shipments, from 36.1 million units in 2016 to 39.3 million units in 2017, primarily reflecting increased overall penetration of automatic-dimming mirrors, primarily within the Company's international markets. International automotive mirror unit shipments increased 15% in 2017 when compared with the prior year, primarily due to increased penetration of both interior and exterior automatic-dimming mirrors to certain European and Japanese automakers.
Other net sales decreased 6% to $36.7 million compared to the prior year, as dimmable aircraft window sales decreased 13% year over year, which was offset by an increase of 2% year over year for fire protection sales.
Cost of Goods Sold. As a percentage of net sales, cost of goods sold increased from 60.2% in 2016 to 61.3% in 2017, primarily due to annual customer price reductions that were not fully offset with purchasing cost reductions, as well as the Company's inability to leverage fixed overhead costs due to negative product mix. Annual price reductions and fixed overhead costs independently impacted cost of goods sold as a percentage of net sales by approximately 100 - 150 basis points. These negative impacts were partially offset by the impact of purchasing cost reductions of 50 - 75 basis points.
Operating Expenses. Engineering, research and development expenses increased by $5.5 million from 2016 to 2017, but remained at 6% of net sales. E, R & D expenses in 2017 increased 6% year over year, compared to calendar year 2016, primarily due to increased staffing levels which continue to support growth and the development of new business.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $9.0 million or 14% from 2016 to 2017, but remained at 4% of net sales. The primary reason for the increase from 2016 to 2017 was due to increased staffing levels and travel expenses, as well as approximately $4.4 million in certain previously announced retirement related expenses associated with the retirement of the Company's previous CEO and Chairman of the Board.

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Total Other Income/(Expense). Investment income increased $4.7 million in 2017 versus 2016, primarily due to higher year-end mutual fund distribution income. Other income – net increased $5.0 million in 2017 versus 2016, primarily due to increased realized gains on the sale of equity investments and decreased interest expense associated with the Company's debt financing, as discussed further in Note 2 of the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Taxes. The effective tax rate was 23.5% for year ended December 31, 2017 compared to 31.9% the prior year. The effective tax rate in 2016 and 2017 differed from the statutory federal income tax rate, primarily due to the domestic manufacturing deduction for both years, as well as the impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 ("Act"). As a result of the Act, the Company re-measured its deferred tax assets and liabilities, which was partially offset by the Company’s transition tax. The total impact of the tax adjustments reduced the Company’s income tax expense during the year by $37.2 million. Pursuant to the guidance within SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118 (“SAB 118”), as of December 31, 2017, the Company recognized the provisional effects of the enactment of the Tax Legislation for which measurement could be reasonably estimated. Although the Company continues to analyze certain aspects of the Act and refine its assessment, the ultimate impact of the Act may differ from these estimates due to its continued analysis or further regulatory guidance that may be issued as a result of the Act. Pursuant to SAB 118, adjustments to the provisional amounts recorded by the Company as of December 31, 2017 that are identified within a subsequent measurement period of up to one year from the enactment date will be included as an adjustment to tax expense from continuing operations in the period the amounts are determined.
Net Income. Net income increased by $59.2 million, or 17% year over year, primarily due to the lower effective tax rate as well and a 7% percent increase in revenue on a year over year basis.

Results of Operations: 2016 to 2015
Net Sales. In 2016, Company net sales increased by $135.3 million, or 9% compared to the prior year. Automotive net sales increased due to a 9% increase in automatic-dimming mirror shipments, from 33.0 million units in 2015 to 36.1 million units in 2016, primarily reflecting increased overall penetration of automatic-dimming mirrors. North American automotive mirror unit shipments increased 6% in 2016 compared with the prior year, primarily due to a 9% increase in shipments of the Company's exterior automatic-dimming mirrors and a 5% increase in shipments of interior automatic-dimming mirrors, each on a year over year basis. International automotive mirror unit shipments increased 11% in 2016 when compared with the prior year, primarily due to increased penetration of both interior and exterior automatic-dimming mirrors to certain European and Japanese automakers. During the fourth quarter of 2016, a raw material shortage of plastic, which is used in the majority of the Company's interior and exterior auto-dimming mirrors, impacted the ability of the Company to meet full customer demand for the fourth quarter, and as a result, negatively impacted unit shipments and revenue for the quarter. Also, during the fourth quarter of 2016, incremental plant shutdowns at OEM’s and inventory adjustments at certain Tier 1 customers negatively impacted quarterly unit shipments and revenue. The combined negative impact on revenue of these issues was approximately $15 million.
Other net sales increased 7% to $39.2 million compared to the prior year, as dimmable aircraft window sales increased 1% year over year and fire protection sales increased 15% year over year.
Cost of Goods Sold. As a percentage of net sales, cost of goods sold decreased from 60.9% in 2015 to 60.2% in 2016, primarily due to continued strength in product mix as well as purchasing cost reductions, which more than offset the impact of annual customer price reductions and the raw material shortage that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2016. Purchasing cost reductions and product mix each independently impacted cost of goods sold as a percentage of net sales by approximately 100 - 125 basis points, which was offset by the impact annual customer price reductions of 100 - 125 basis points. All other factors are estimated to have impacted cost of goods sold independently as a percentage of net sales by approximately 50 basis points.
Operating Expenses. Engineering, research and development expenses increased by $5.8 million from 2015 to 2016, but remained at 6% of net sales. E, R & D expenses in 2016 increased 7% year over year, compared to calendar year 2015, primarily due to increased staffing levels which continue to support growth and the development of new business.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $5.9 million or 10% from 2015 to 2016, and remained at 4% of net sales. The primary reason for the increase from 2015 to 2016 was due to increased marketing and advertising expenditures.
Total Other Income/(Expense). Investment income decreased $0.2 million in 2016 versus 2015, primarily due to lower year-end mutual fund distribution income. Other income – net decreased $5.8 million in 2016 versus 2015, primarily due to lower realized gains on the sale of equity investments and increased interest expense associated with the

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Company's debt financing, as well as increased interest expense as a result of the interest rate swap implemented in 2015, as discussed further in Note 2 of the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Taxes. The effective tax rate was 31.9% for year ended December 31, 2016 compared to 31.3% the prior year. The effective tax rate in 2015 and 2016 differed from the statutory federal income tax rate, primarily due to the domestic manufacturing deduction and the effect of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, which was signed into law in the fourth quarter and applied retroactively to January 1, 2015 for various tax provisions that had expired as of December 31, 2014. The increase in the effective tax rate in 2016 from the prior year is primarily due to the reduction of certain tax benefits during 2015 that were not repeated during 2016.
Net Income. Net income increased by $29.1 million, or 9% year over year, primarily due to increased sales.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
The Company’s financial condition throughout the periods presented has remained very strong, in spite of only mild overall improvements in the Company's primary markets.
The Company's cash and cash equivalents were $569.7 million, $546.5 million and $551.6 million as of December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The Company's cash and cash equivalents include amounts held by foreign subsidiaries of $12.6 million, $7.9 million and $4.2 million as of December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The Act, along with reducing the federal income tax rate to 21% from 35%, implements a modified territorial system that provides for an exemption for foreign dividends. However, a one-time transition tax is payable in respect of cumulative retained earnings of foreign subsidiaries at a rate of 15.5% for earnings represented by cash or cash equivalents and 8.0% for the balance of such earnings. Pursuant to the guidance within SAB 118, as of December 31, 2017, the Company recognized the provisional effects of the enactment of the Act for which measurement could be reasonably estimated, which was not material for the one-time transition tax. Although the Company continues to analyze certain aspects of the Act and refine its assessment, the ultimate impact of the Act may differ from these estimates due to its continued analysis or further regulatory guidance that may be issued as a result of the Act.
The Company's current ratio decreased from 7.7 as of December 31, 2016, to 4.9 as of December 31, 2017, primarily due to the repayment of $107.6 million of the Company's long term debt, and reclassifying the remaining $78.0 million as short term debt due to the maturity of the Company's term loan in September 2018, as discussed further in Note 2 of the financial statements. The Company's current ratio increased from 7.5 as of December 31, 2015, to 7.7 as of December 31, 2016, primarily due to an increase in short term investments and accounts receivable, which increases were partially offset by an increase in accounts payable and decrease in prepaid expenses and other.
Cash flow from operating activities was $501.0 million, $477.0 million and $354.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Cash flow from operating activities increased $24.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to the prior year, primarily due to increased net income, partially offset by changes in working capital. Cash flow from operating activities increased $119.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared the same period in 2015, primarily due to increased net income and changes in working capital.
Cash flow used for investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2017 decreased by $173.7 million to $77.7 million, compared with $251.4 million, during 2016, primarily due to decreased investment purchases and capital expenditures during the year, as a result of allocation of funds to repay the long-term debt and for common stock repurchases. Cash flow used for investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased by $161.7 million to $251.4 million, compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to increased investment purchases and capital expenditures during the year, partially offset by an increase in sales proceeds of available for sale securities. Capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2017, were $104.0 million, compared with $121.0 million for the prior year, primarily due to decreases in production equipment purchases and building related costs. Capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $121.0 million, compared with $97.9 million the prior year, primarily due to an increase in production equipment purchases and building related costs.
Cash flow used for financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2017, increased $169.4 million to $400.0 million, compared to the prior year, primarily due to repurchases of common stock of $231.4 million compared to $163.4 million in 2016, repayments of long-term debt of $107.6 million compared to $47.5 million in 2016, and an increase of $7.7 million to $108.8 million in dividends paid. Cash flow used for financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2016, increased $20.1 million to $230.7 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to increased common stock repurchases, repayments of debt, and dividends paid.


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Short-term investments as of December 31, 2017 were $152.5 million, down from $177.0 million as of December 31, 2016 and Long-term investments were $57.8 million as of December 31, 2017, up from $49.9 million as of December 31, 2016, due to changes in the Company's overall investment portfolio.
Accounts receivable as of December 31, 2017 increased $19.5 million compared to December 31, 2016, primarily due to the higher sequential sales level.
Inventories as of December 31, 2017, increased $27.5 million compared to December 31, 2016, primarily due to extended lead times on certain electronics and raw material inventory levels to support first quarter 2018 production and sales forecasts.
Intangible Assets, net as of December 31, 2017 decreased $19.3 million compared to December 31, 2016, due to the amortization of definite lived intangible assets and patents, discussed further in in Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Accounts payable as of December 31, 2017, increased $9.9 million compared to December 31, 2016, primarily due the timing of inventory and capital expenditure payments.
Long term debt as of December 31, 2017, decreased $178.1 million compared to December 31, 2016, due to principal repayments on the Company's long term debt financing, as well as the aforementioned reclassification of the debt from long-term to short-term in connection with the September 27, 2018 maturity of the Company's debt.
Management considers the Company’s current working capital and long-term investments, as well as its existing debt financing arrangement (notwithstanding covenants prohibiting additional indebtedness), discussed further in Note 2 of the Consolidated Financial Statements, in addition to internally generated cash flow, to be sufficient to cover anticipated cash needs for the foreseeable future considering its contractual obligations and commitments. The following is a summary of working capital and long-term investments:
 
2017
2016
2015
Working Capital
$
940,916,816

$
1,005,131,050

$
853,002,246

Long Term Investments
57,782,418

49,894,363

95,156,539

Total
$
998,699,234

$
1,055,025,413

$
948,158,785


The decrease in working capital as of December 31, 2017 is primarily due to the reclassification of long-term
debt to current liability. The Company believes it has the ability to make the debt payments in anticipation
of the debt maturity on September 27, 2018.

Please refer to Part II, Item 5, for a complete discussion regarding the Company's previously announced share repurchase plan.

Outlook
The Company utilizes the light vehicle production forecasting services of IHS Worldwide, and IHS current forecasts for light vehicle production for calendar year 2018 are approximately 17.4 million units for North America, 22.7 million for Europe and 12.7 million for Japan and Korea.
The Company currently estimates that top line revenue for calendar year 2018 will be between $1.89 and $1.97 billion. All estimates are based on light vehicle production forecasts in the primary regions to which the Company ships product, as well as the estimated option rates for its mirrors on prospective vehicle models and anticipated product mix. The Company continues to see order rates and booked business that allow for these estimates despite modest vehicle production increases in our primary markets. Continuing uncertainties, including: light vehicle production levels; supplier part or material shortages; automotive plant shutdowns; sales rates in Europe, Asia and North America; challenging macroeconomic and geopolitical environments; OEM strategies and cost pressures; customer inventory management and the impact of potential automotive customer (including their Tier 1 suppliers) and supplier bankruptcies; work stoppages, strikes, etc., which could disrupt shipments to these customers, make forecasting difficult.
The Company is estimating that the gross profit margin will be between 38.0% and 39.0% for calendar year 2018.  Historically, annual customer price reductions place significant pressure on gross margin on an annual basis. However, given the current sales forecast and projected product mix for 2018, the Company continues to believe it may be able

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to offset the majority of those annual customer price reductions with purchasing cost reductions, operational efficiencies, and by leveraging fixed overhead.
The Company also currently estimates that its operating expenses, which include engineering, research and development expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to be between $180 and $190 million for calendar year 2018, with the increase primarily due to staffing and benefit costs which continue to support growth and the development of new business.
In light of on-going demand for our automatic-dimming mirrors and electronics, the Company currently anticipates that 2018 capital expenditures will be approximately $115 - $130 million, a majority of which will be production equipment purchases. 2018 capital expenditures are currently anticipated to be financed from current cash and cash equivalents on hand and cash flows from operating activities.
The Company also estimates that depreciation and amortization expense for calendar year 2018 will be approximately $105 - $115 million.
The Company is further estimating that its tax rate will be between 18.0% and 21.0% for calendar year 2018.
In accordance with its previously announced share repurchase plan, the Company also intends to continue to repurchase additional shares of its common stock in 2018 and into the future depending on a number of factors, including: market, economic, and industry conditions; the market price of the Company's common stock; anti-dilutive effect on earnings; available cash; and other factors that the Company deems appropriate.

The Company is also providing top line revenue guidance for calendar year 2019. IHS current forecasts for light vehicle production for calendar year 2019 are approximately 17.4 million units for North America, 22.9 million for Europe and 12.5 million for Japan and Korea. Based on these forecasts, the Company is estimating that revenue for calendar year 2019 will increase approximately 5 to 10% over current estimates provided for 2018 revenue.
Market Risk Disclosure
The Company is subject to market risk exposures of varying correlations and volatilities, including foreign exchange rate risk, interest rate risk and equity price risk. Volatile equity markets could negatively impact the Company's financial performance due to realized losses on the sale of equity investments and/or recognized losses due to other-than-temporary impairment adjustments on available-for-sale securities (mark-to-market adjustments). Interest rate fluctuations on the Company's long term debt financing could negatively impact our financial performance due to increased borrowing costs. The Company has entered into an interest rate swap transaction that has the effect of fixing the annual interest rate payable on $150 million of the Company’s outstanding debt under its existing credit facility at 1.89%, as of the effective date. Refer to Note 2 of the Consolidated Financial Statements regarding further discussion of the Company's long term debt obligations as well as its interest rate swap transaction entered into on October 1, 2014. Based on loan balances as of December 31, 2017 and the effective date of July 31, 2016 of the interest rate swap, a one percent increase in the Company's borrowing rate would increase net interest expense paid by the Company on its borrowings by less than $0.1 million dollars on an annual basis.
The Company has some assets, liabilities and operations outside the United States, including multi-currency accounts, which currently are not significant overall to the Company as a whole. Because the Company sells its automotive mirrors throughout the world and automobile manufacturing is highly dependent on general economic conditions, it could be significantly affected by weak economic conditions in foreign markets that could reduce demand for its products.
Most of the Company’s non-U.S. sales are invoiced and paid in U.S. dollars; during 2017, approximately 8% of the Company’s net sales were invoiced and paid in foreign currencies (compared to 7% for 2016 and 6% for 2015). The Company currently expects that approximately 7% of the Company’s net sales in 2018 will be invoiced and paid in foreign currencies. The Company does not currently engage in hedging activities of foreign currencies.

Most of the Company’s equity investments are managed by a number of outside equity fund managers who invest primarily in large capitalization companies traded on the U.S. stock markets.
The Company does not have any significant off-balance sheet arrangements or commitments that have not been recorded in its Consolidated Financial Statements. See the Contractual Obligations and Other Commitments below.


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Contractual Obligations and Other Commitments
The Company had the following contractual obligations and other commitments (in millions) as of December 31, 2017. 
 
Total
 
Less than 1 Year
 
1-3 Years
Short-term debt
78.0

 
78.0

 

Long-term debt

 

 

Interest on short-term debt
1.1

 
1.1

 

Stock Repurchase Agreement
115.5

 
115.5

 

Operating leases
2.0

 
1.0

 
1.0

Purchase obligations
138.3

 
138.3

 

Dividends payable
28.0

 
28.0

 

Total
362.9

 
361.9


1.0


Purchase obligations are primarily for raw material inventory and capital equipment.

The Company agreed to repurchase approximately 5.5 million shares of common stock from the former CEO, pursuant to his previously disclosed retirement agreement, which was effective December 31, 2017, at an average price of $20.98 per share. These share repurchases were approved by the Company's Board of Directors and were not repurchased as part of the Company’s existing share repurchase plan. These shares were repurchased in January 2018.

Significant Accounting Policies and Critical Accounting Estimates
The preparation of the Company's consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, requires management to make estimates, assumptions and apply judgments that affect its financial position and results of operations. On an ongoing basis, management evaluates these estimates and assumptions. Management also continually reviews its accounting policies and financial information disclosures.
The Company’s significant accounting policies are described in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. The policies described below represent those that are broadly applicable to its operations and involve additional management judgment due to the sensitivity of the methods, assumptions and estimates necessary in determining the related amounts. These judgments are based on our historical experience, terms of existing contracts, and
management’s evaluation of trends in the industry, information provided by our customers and information available from other outside sources, as appropriate.

The Company considers an accounting estimate to be critical if:
• It requires management to make assumptions about matters that were uncertain at the time of the estimate, and
• Changes in the estimate or different estimates that could have been selected would have had a material impact on our financial condition or results of operations.

Revenue Recognition. The Company recognizes revenue in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 605, Revenue Recognition in Financial Statements. Accordingly, revenue is recognized based on the terms of the customer purchase order that generally provide title to the product and risk of ownership passes to the customer upon shipment. Sales are shown net of returns, which have not historically been significant. The Company does not generate sales from sale arrangements with multiple deliverables.

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, using the modified retrospective method.  This guidance supersedes nearly all existing revenue recognition guidance under US GAAP. The core principle of the guidance is that an entity should recognize revenue when it transfers promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the company expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The Company has drafted its accounting policy for the new standard based on a detailed review of its business and contracts. Based on the new guidance, the Company expects to continue recognizing revenue at a particular point in time for the majority of its contracts with customers, which is generally

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when products are either shipped or delivered, and therefore does not anticipate a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.
Accounts Receivable. The Company reviews a monthly aging report of all accounts receivable balances starting with invoices outstanding over sixty days. In addition, the Company monitors information about its customers through a variety of sources including the media, and information obtained through on-going interaction between Company personnel and the customer. Based on the evaluation of the above information, the Company estimates its allowances related to customer receivables on historical credit and collections experience, customers current financial condition and the specific identification of other potential problems, including the economic climate. Actual collections can differ, requiring adjustments to the allowances, but historically such adjustments have not been material.
Inventories. Estimated inventory allowances for slow-moving and obsolete inventories are based on current assessments of future demands, market conditions, evaluation of longer lead times for certain electronic components and related management initiatives. If market conditions or customer requirements change and are less favorable than those projected by management, inventory allowances are adjusted accordingly.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets. Goodwill reflects the cost of an acquisition in excess of the fair values assigned to identifiable net assets acquired. The Company reviews goodwill for impairment during the fourth quarter on an annual basis or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that goodwill might be impaired. The Company performs an impairment review for its automotive reporting unit, which has been determined to be one of the Company’s reportable segments using a fair value method which incorporates management’s judgments and assumptions, as well as incorporates third party valuations. The fair value of a reporting unit refers to the price that would be received to sell the unit as a whole in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. In estimating the fair value, the Company uses a combination of widely accepted valuation methodologies incorporating certain judgments and assumptions to arrive at the fair value of the reporting unit.

The assumptions included in the impairment tests require judgment and changes to these inputs could impact the results of the calculations which could result in an impairment charge in future periods if the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its calculated fair value. Other than management's internal projections of future cash flows, the primary assumptions used in the impairment tests are the weighted-average cost of capital and long-term growth rates. Although the Company's cash flow forecasts are based on assumptions that are considered reasonable by management and consistent with the plans and estimates management is using to operate the underlying business, there are significant judgments in determining the expected future cash flows attributable to a reporting unit. There have been no impairment charges booked currently or in prior periods in which goodwill existed.

Indefinite lived intangible assets are also subject to annual impairment testing or more frequently if indicators of impairment are identified. Management judgment and assumptions are required in determining the underlying fair value of the indefinite lived intangible assets. While the Company believes the judgments and assumptions used in determining fair value are reasonable and no impairment existed at December 31, 2017 or December 31, 2016, different assumptions could change the estimated fair values and, therefore, impairment charges could be required, which could be material to the consolidated financial statements. The indefinite lived intangible assets were not impaired as a result of the annual test prepared by management for either period presented.

Refer to Note 10, "Goodwill and Intangible Assets" of the notes to consolidated financial statements for information regarding the impairment testing performed in calendar year 2017.

Investments. The Company’s internal investment committee regularly reviews its fixed income and equity investment portfolio for any unrealized losses that would be deemed other-than-temporary and require the recognition of an impairment loss in income. If the cost of an investment exceeds its fair value, the Company evaluates, among other factors, general market conditions, the duration and extent to which the fair value is less than cost, and the Company’s intent and ability to hold the investment. Management also considers the type of security, related industry, sector performance, as well as published investment ratings and analyst reports to evaluate its portfolio. Once a decline in fair value is determined to be other-than-temporary, an impairment charge is recorded and a new cost basis in the investment is established. If market, industry, and/or investee conditions deteriorate, the Company may incur future impairments.

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASU 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities. The standard requires most equity investments to be measured at fair value, with subsequent changes in fair value recognized in net income. Upon the effective date of the new standards, all equity investments

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in unconsolidated entities, other than those accounted for using the equity method of accounting, will generally be measured at fair value through earnings. There will no longer be an available-for-sale classification and therefore, no changes in fair value will be reported in other comprehensive income (loss) for equity securities with readily determinable fair values. The amendment also impacts the measurement of financial liabilities under the fair value option as well as certain presentation and disclosure requirements for financial instruments. The amendment requires certain provisions to be applied prospectively and others to be applied by means of a cumulative-effect adjustment. The Company will have a cumulative-effect adjustment in the first quarter of 2018 of approximately $7 million as a result of the implementation of this guidance.

Self Insurance. The Company is self-insured for health and workers’ compensation benefits up to certain stop-loss limits. Such costs are accrued based on known claims and an estimate of incurred, but not reported (IBNR) claims. IBNR claims are estimated using historical lag information and other data provided by claims administrators. This estimation process is subjective, and to the extent that future results differ from original estimates, adjustments to recorded accruals may be necessary.
Income Taxes. The Company applies the provisions of ASC 740 as it relates to uncertainty in income taxes recognized in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. A threshold of more likely than not to be sustained upon examination is applied to uncertain tax positions. The Company deems the estimates related to this provision to be reasonable, however, no assurance can be given that the final outcome of these matters will not vary from what is reflected in the historical income tax provisions and accruals.
Stock-Based Compensation. The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with the fair value recognition provisions of ASC 718. The Company utilizes the Black-Scholes model, which requires the input of subjective assumptions. These assumptions include estimating (a) the length of time employees will retain their vested stock options before exercising them (“expected term”), (b) the volatility of the Company’s common stock price over the expected term, (c) the number of options that will ultimately not complete their vesting requirements (“forfeitures”) and (d) expected dividends. Changes in the subjective assumptions can materially affect the estimate of fair value of stock-based compensation and consequently, the related amounts recognized on the consolidated condensed statements of operations.
See also Item 13 of Part III with respect to “Certain Transactions”, which is incorporated herein.
 

Item 7A.     Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
See "Market Risk Disclosure" in Management’s Discussion and Analysis (Item 7).

 

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Item 8.        Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
The following financial statements and reports of independent registered public accounting firm are filed with this report following the signature page:

Index to Consolidated Financial Statements
Document
Page

Selected quarterly financial data for the past two years appears in the following table:
 
Quarterly Results of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
First
 
Second
 
Third
 
Fourth
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Net Sales
$
453,535


$
405,568


$
443,139


$
423,801


$
438,628


$
429,643

 
$
459,570

 
$
419,913

Gross Profit
175,801


158,691


167,208


166,773


171,230


173,822

 
180,290

 
169,167

Operating Income
134,427


120,849


125,865


128,746


129,073


134,212

 
133,994

 
127,936

Net Income
97,557


80,280


88,536


86,485


90,230


92,065

 
130,469

 
88,761

Basic Earnings per share
$
0.34


$
0.28


$
0.31


$
0.30


$
0.32


$
0.32

 
$
0.46

 
$
0.31

Diluted Earnings per share
$
0.33


$
0.28


$
0.31


$
0.30


$
0.31


$
0.32

 
$
0.46

 
$
0.31

 


Item 9.        Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.
As defined in Item 304 of Regulation S-K, there have been no changes in, or disagreements with, accountants during the 24-month period ended December 31, 2017.
 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.
Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Under the supervision of and with the participation of the Company’s management, the Company's CEO and CFO have evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures ([as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a – 15(e) and 15d – 15(e)]) as of December 31, 2017, and have concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are adequate and effective.



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Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a – 15(f) and 15d – 15(f). Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting based on the framework in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on this assessment, management asserts that the Company has maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, has been audited by Ernst & Young LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is included in Part IV of this Form 10K.
During the period covered by this annual report, there have been no changes in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting. In addition, there have been no significant changes in the Company’s internal controls or in other factors that could significantly affect internal controls subsequent to December 31, 2017.

Item 9B.    Other Information.
None.

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PART III
 
Item 10.    Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
Executive Officers of the Registrant
The following table lists the names, ages, and positions of all of the Company’s executive officers at the time of this report. Officers are generally elected at the meeting of the Board of Directors following the annual meeting of shareholders.
NAME
 
AGE
 
POSITION
 
CURRENT POSITION HELD SINCE
Steve Downing
 
40
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
January 2018
Kevin Nash
 
43
 
Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
 
February 2018
Scott Ryan
 
37
 
Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
 
June 2015
Neil Boehm
 
46
 
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering
 
February 2018
Matthew Chiodo
 
53
 
Vice President, Sales
 
January 2017
There are no family relationships among the officers listed in the preceding table.
Steve Downing was elected Chief Executive Officer effective as of January 1, 2018. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer from August 2017 to December 2017, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from June 2015 to August 2017, as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from May 2013 to June 2015, as Vice President of Commercial Management from July 2012 to May 2013, as Director of Commercial Management from June 2009 to July 2012, as Commercial Manager from October 2006 to June 2009, as Senior Financial Analyst from April 2006 to October 2006, and prior to that was a Financial Analyst from his hire date in July 2002 to April 2006. The terms of Mr. Downing's employment arrangement are contained herein in Part III, Item 11 to this Form 10‑K.
On February 21, 2018, the Company announced that Kevin Nash was appointed as the Company's Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer, effective as of February 15, 2018. He will remain the Company's Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Nash was previously, the Company's Vice President of Accounting and Chief Accounting Officer, a role he has held since 2014 and served as Director of Accounting and Chief Accounting Officer before that. He has been employed by the Company since 1999, beginning as a senior accountant, progressing to accounting manager, Corporate Controller and then Director of Accounting and Chief Accounting Officer until his promotion to Vice President of Accounting and Chief Accounting Officer. The terms of Mr. Nash's employment arrangement are contained herein in Part III, Item 11 to this Form 10-K.

Also on February 21, 2018, the Company announced that Neil Boehm was appointed as the Company's Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technology Officer as of February 15, 2018 and was also appointed an executive officer. Mr. Boehm was previously the Company's Vice President of Engineering, a role he has held since 2015 and previously served as Senior Director of Engineering. He has been employed by the Company since 2001, beginning as a program manager, progressing to Director of Electrical Engineering, and then Senior Director of Engineering until his promotion to Vice President of Engineering. The terms of Mr. Boehm's employment arrangement are contained herein in Part III, Item 11 to this Form 10-K.

Also on February 21, 2018, the Company announced that Matthew Chiodo, the Company's Vice President of Sales, was appointed an executive officer effective February 15, 2018. Mr. Chiodo has been in his current role since January 2017 and previously served as Director of Sales. He has been employed by the Company since 2001, beginning in sales, progressing to Director of Sales until his promotion to Vice President of Sales. The terms of Mr. Chiodo's employment arrangement are contained herein in Part III, Item 11 to this Form 10-K.

Scott Ryan was elected Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary on June 18, 2015 and became an executive officer on August 20, 2015. He previously served as Patent Counsel from November 2013 to June 2015 and prior to that was a Patent Attorney from his hire date in December 2010 to November 2013. The terms of Mr. Ryan's employment arrangement are contained herein in Part III, Item 11 to this Form 10-K.
As of February 15, 2018, Joseph Matthews is no longer any executive officer of the Company, but remains employed as Vice President, Purchasing.


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Information relating to directors appearing under the caption “Election of Directors” in the definitive Proxy Statement for 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and filed with the Commission within 120 days after the Company’s fiscal year end, December 31, 2017 (the “Proxy Statement”), is hereby incorporated herein by reference. No changes were made to the procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees for the Board of Directors. Information concerning compliance with Section 16(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 appearing under the caption “Section 16(A) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance” in the definitive Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated herein by reference. Information relating to the Company’s Audit Committee and concerning whether at least one member of the Audit Committee is an “audit committee financial expert” as that term is defined under Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K appearing under the caption “Corporate Governance – Audit Committee” in the definitive Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
The Company has adopted a Code of Ethics for Certain Senior Officers that applies to its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, and principal accounting officer as well as all other officers of the Corporation. A copy of the Code of Ethics for Certain Senior Officers is available without charge, upon written request, from the Corporate Secretary of the Company, 600 N. Centennial Street, Zeeland, Michigan 49464 and the Company's website. The Company intends to satisfy the disclosure requirement under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K regarding an amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of this Code of Ethics by posting such information on its website. Information contained in the Company’s website, whether currently posted or posted in the future, is not part of this document or the documents incorporated by reference in this document.

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Item 11.    Executive Compensation.
The information contained under the caption “Compensation Committee Report,” “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” “Executive Compensation,” “Director Compensation,” and “Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated herein by reference. The “Compensation Committee Report” shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or to be filed with the commission.

The Board of Directors previously adopted the Gentex Corporation Performance-Based Bonus Plan (the "Performance Plan") that pays an Additional Profit-Sharing Bonus and a Performance Bonus based on the achievement of certain targets. The Additional Profit-Sharing Bonus available to participants, including executive officers, allowed each participant in 2017 to receive a thirteen percent (13%) increase in the Profit-Sharing Bonus percentage (on a weighted average basis) that was used to calculate the Profit-Sharing Bonuses paid to all employees for such year (without regard to the Performance Plan) for each one percent (1%) by which net sales in such year exceed net sales in the prior year. The Performance Bonus available to participants in the Performance Plan is based on the achievement of these performance metrics: EBITDA; Diluted Earnings per Share; and Quality, each weighted equally.

For 2017, net sales exceeded net sales in 2016 by 7%, making each executive officer and other participants eligible for an Additional Profit-Sharing Bonus. In addition, each executive officer was eligible for a Performance Bonus because each of the targets for the performance metrics (EBITDA, Diluted Earnings Per Share, and Quality) was exceeded as set forth below:

Performance Metric
Weighting
Factor
Threshold
Target
Actual Result
EBITDA
1/3
540,297,328
636,350,187
622,929,260
Diluted EPS
1/3
$1.07
$1.26
$1.41 per share
Quality
1/3
*
*
In excess of Target
* Quality thresholds and targets are a non-variable calculation based on parts per million (PPM) plus over-all corporate cost of quality.
In addition, the Compensation Committee and the Board of Directors exercised available discretion under the Performance Plan to increase such bonuses as authorized in the Performance Plan, based on the criteria established in accordance with the Performance Plan.

For 2017, the following bonuses were earned by the executive officers under the Plan, including bonuses as indicated for personal goal achievement, all of which were approved by the Board of Directors on February 15, 2018.

Performance-Based Bonus Plan
2017 Earned Bonuses

Executive Officer
Additional Profit-Sharing Bonus
Performance Bonus*
Personal Goal Achievement
Steve Downing, President and CEO
$
70,299

$
50,712

$
98,989

Kevin Nash, VP, Finance, CFO and Treasurer
$
37,275

$
27,039

$
59,678

Scott Ryan, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
$
39,334

$
28,707

$
40,369

Neil Boehm, VP, Engineering and CTO
$
38,658

$
27,878

$
61,871

Matt Chiodo, VP, Sales
$
39,105

$
28,650

$
63,115

Fred Bauer, Former CEO
$
91,619

$
66,328

$

Joseph Matthews, VP, Purchasing
$
28,488

$
20,873

$
22,478

*Includes discretionary increases authorized by the Board of Directors in accordance with the terms of the Performance Plan.
In addition to the above Performance Plan payments, the Board of Directors approved bonuses for personal goal achievement disclosed in the aforementioned table on February 15, 2018.


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On February 15, 2018, the board of directors, in connection with reviews of executive officers and certain officer appointments, increases in responsibility, and/or personal performance, made the following changes to named executive officer compensation, including changes to base salary, stock option grants, and restricted share awards, setforth herein:
Executive Officer
Position
Base Salary
Stock Option Grant
Restricted Share Award
Steve Downing
President and CEO
$
650,000

101,000

68,040

Kevin Nash
VP, Finance, CFO and Treasurer
$
340,000

27,000

8,000

Neil Boehm
VP, Engineering and CTO
$
333,000

30,000

8,000

Matt Chiodo
VP, Sales
$
336,000

30,000

8,000

Scott Ryan
Assistant General Counsel and Secretary
$
315,000

25,000

8,000


Stock option grants and restricted stock awards were approved pursuant to the Company's shareholder approved Employee Stock Option Plan and shareholder approved Second Restated Stock Plan, respectively. The stock option grants are ten-year options that become exercisable, as long as employment with the Company continues for 25% of such shares on each anniversary of the grant date commencing with the first anniversary of the grant date. The exercise price is the closing price of the stock on the grant date set forth above. The restricted stock awards vest at the fourth anniversary of the grant, except 37,000 shares of restricted stock granted in recognition of Steve Downing's promotion to President and CEO, which vest at the fifth anniversary of the grant.

Each of the named executive officers continue to be at-will employees of the Company.

Gentex Annual Incentive Performance-Based Bonus Plan
 
On February 15, 2018, the Board of Directors amended and restated the Gentex Corporation Performance-Based Bonus Plan as the Amended and Restated Annual Incentive Performance-Based Bonus Plan ("the Plan") to: further emphasize performance-based compensation; provide executive officers, officers, and other key employees of the Corporation with appropriate incentives concerning corporate and individual performance; and enhance the alignment between such key employees and shareholders. The Plan is administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board, which has discretion to determine the executive officers, officers, and other employees eligible to participate in the Plan. Only employees of the Corporation are eligible to participate in the Plan.

Annual Performance Bonus - in lieu of participating in the Profit Sharing Bonuses paid to all employees, annual performance bonuses are available to participants based on the achievement of the following performance metrics:

(a) Revenue, which will have a 33.33% weighting;

(b) Operating Income, which will have a 33.33% weighting; and

(c) Earnings Per Diluted Share, which will have a 33.33% weighting.

For purposes of determining annual performance bonuses, the Compensation Committee will annually establish a threshold, target and maximum for each applicable performance metric, along with incentive ratios applicable to each Participant with respect to such threshold, target, and maximum. The applicable incentive ratio is a percentage of base pay for each Participant, designated by the Compensation Committee, which is then multiplied by the weighting factor of a particular performance metric to determine the amount of a performance bonus payable to a Participant to the extent the threshold, target, or maximum for a performance metrics is met or exceeded. To the extent performance exceeds the established threshold or target, as applicable, for any performance metric, but does not meet the established target or maximum, as applicable, a pro rata portion of the potential bonus payable will be paid as a performance bonus (based on the percentage of the target or maximum, as applicable, achieved in excess of the threshold or target, as applicable). Calculations of performance bonuses will be determined using linear interpolation for performance between threshold and target and between target and maximum. The annual performance bonus is cash-based and intended to motivate and reward employees based on Company and individual performance metrics that drive shareholder value.


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Notwithstanding the foregoing, based on any criteria it establishes in its discretion, the Committee reserves the right to increase (or decrease) a performance bonus for personal goal achievement in an amount so as not to in any event exceed 250% of base compensation. Any and all bonuses under the Plan are payable in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Compensation Committee.

For 2018, the Compensation Committee has established incentive ratios of twenty five percent (25%) upon achievement of the threshold and up to one hundred percent (100%) for the CEO and seventy-five percent (75%) for the other named executive officers for achievement of performance in excess of the threshold up to the target, plus incentive ratios of zero percent (0%) to one hundred percent (100%) for the CEO and seventy five percent (75%) for the named executive officers for the achievement of performance in excess of target up to the maximum. At its February 2018 meeting, the Compensation Committee also established thresholds, targets, and maximums for the Revenue, Operating Income, and Earnings Per Diluted Share performance metrics.

Director Compensation

For 2018, the Board of Directors adjusted the annual compensation of directors who are not employees as follows:
Annual retainer - $80,000
Chair of the board retainer - $75,000
Audit Committee Chair retainer - $12,500
Compensation Committee Chair retainer - $10,000
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair retainer - $10,000
Audit Committee Member retainer (non-chair) - $7.500
Compensation Committee Member retainer (non-chair) - $5,000
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member (non-chair) - $5.000

All of said amounts are payable quarterly.


Item 12.
Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
The information contained under the captions “Common Stock Ownership of Management,” “Common Stock Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners,” and “Equity Compensation Plan Summary” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated herein by reference. There are no arrangements known to the registrant, the operation of which may at a subsequent date result in a change in control.
 

Item 13.    Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.
The information contained under the caption “Certain Transactions” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated herein by reference. The information contained under the caption “Election of Directors” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement hereby incorporated herein by reference.
 

Item 14.    Principal Accounting Fee and Services.
Information regarding principal accounting fees and services set forth under the caption “Ratification of Appointment of Independent Auditors – Principal Accounting Fees and Services” in the definitive Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated herein by reference. Information concerning the policy adopted by the Audit Committee regarding the pre-approval of audit and non-audit services provided by the Company’s independent auditors set forth under the caption “Corporate Governance – Audit Committee” in the definitive Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
 

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PART IV

Item 15.
Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.
 
(a)
2. Financial Statements Schedules. None required or not applicable.
 3. Exhibits. See Exhibit Index on Page 67.

(b)
See (a) above.
(c)
See (a) above.


Item 16.    Form 10-K Summary.
None.


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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 of 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 
GENTEX CORPORATION
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Steven R. Downing
 
 
Steven R. Downing, President and Chief Executive Officer
 
Date:
February 21, 2018
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below on this 21nd day of February, 2017, by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities indicated.

 
By:
/s/ Steven R. Downing
 
 
Steven R. Downing, President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
(Principal Executive Officer) on behalf of Gentex Corporation
 
By:
/s/ Kevin C. Nash
 
 
Kevin C. Nash, Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
 
 
(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer) on behalf of Gentex Corporation

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Each Director of the registrant whose signature appears below hereby appoints Steve Downing or Kevin Nash, as his attorney-in-fact to sign in his name and on his behalf, and to file with the Commission any and all amendments to this report on Form 10-K to the same extent and with the same effect as if done personally.
/s/ Gary Goode
  
Director
Gary Goode
  
 
 
 
/s/ James Hollars
  
Director
James Hollars
  
 
 
 
/s/ John Mulder
  
Director
John Mulder
  
 
 
 
/s/ Richard Schaum
  
Director
Richard Schaum
  
 
 
 
/s/ Fred Sotok
  
Director
Fred Sotok
  
 
 
 
/s/ James Wallace
  
Director
James Wallace
  
 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Shareholders and the Board of Directors of Gentex Corporation
Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Gentex Corporation and subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, shareholders' investment and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2017, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company at December 31, 2017 and 2016, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2017, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
We also have 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 December 31, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework) and our report dated February 21, 2018 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
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/ Ernst & Young LLP
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 1999
Grand Rapids, Michigan
February 21, 2018






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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Shareholders and the Board of Directors of Gentex Corporation
Opinion on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have audited Gentex Corporation and subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework) (the COSO criteria). In our opinion, Gentex Corporation and subsidiaries (the Company) maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, based on the COSO criteria.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated balance sheets of Gentex Corporation and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, shareholders' investment and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2017, and the related notes and our report dated February 21, 2018 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
Basis for Opinion
The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. 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 audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.
Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
Grand Rapids, Michigan
February 21, 2018


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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2017 AND 2016
 
2017
 
2016
ASSETS
 
 
 
CURRENT ASSETS:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
569,734,496

 
$
546,477,075

Short-term investments
152,538,054

 
177,021,197

Accounts receivable, net
231,121,788

 
211,591,745

Inventories, net
216,765,583

 
189,311,437

Prepaid expenses and other
14,403,902

 
30,587,575

Total current assets
1,184,563,823

 
1,154,989,029

PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:
 
 
 
Land, buildings and improvements
317,600,833

 
294,696,813

Machinery and equipment
790,833,278

 
721,713,250

Construction-in-process
35,828,403

 
30,643,709

Total Plant and Equipment
1,144,262,514

 
1,047,053,772

Less- Accumulated depreciation
(651,783,184
)
 
(581,231,305
)
Net Plant and Equipment
492,479,330

 
465,822,467

OTHER ASSETS:
 
 
 
Goodwill
307,365,845

 
307,365,845

Long-term investments
57,782,418

 
49,894,363

Intangible Assets, net
288,975,000

 
308,275,000

Patents and other assets, net
20,887,496

 
23,273,129

Total Other Assets
675,010,759

 
688,808,337

TOTAL ASSETS
$
2,352,053,912

 
$
2,309,619,833

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT
 
 
 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
89,898,467

 
$
79,963,630

Accrued liabilities:
 
 
 
Salaries, wages and vacation
18,502,209

 
12,378,007

Income Taxes
360,014

 
572,834

Royalties
14,660,864

 
11,932,416

Dividends payable
28,028,132

 
25,896,376

Current portion of long term debt
78,000,000

 
7,500,000

Other
14,197,321

 
11,614,716

Total current liabilities
243,647,007

 
149,857,979

LONG TERM DEBT

 
178,125,000

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES
58,888,644

 
71,212,620

 
 
 
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES
302,535,651


399,195,599

 
 
 
 
SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT:
 
 
 
Preferred stock, no par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding

 

Common stock, par value $.06 per share; 400,000,000 shares authorized; 280,281,321 and 287,737,516 shares issued and outstanding in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
16,816,879

 
17,264,251

Additional paid-in capital
723,510,672

 
683,446,463

Retained earnings
1,301,997,327

 
1,210,984,825

Accumulated other comprehensive income:
 
 
 
Unrealized gain on investments
6,626,379

 
2,788,975

Unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives
(78,026
)
 
(1,197,281
)
Cumulative translation adjustment
645,030

 
(2,862,999
)
Total shareholders’ investment
2,049,518,261

 
1,910,424,234

TOTAL LIABILITES AND SHAREHOLDERS' INVESTMENT
$
2,352,053,912

 
$
2,309,619,833

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017, 2016 AND 2015
 

2017

2016

2015
NET SALES
$
1,794,872,578

 
$
1,678,924,756

 
$
1,543,617,706

 
 
 
 
 
 
COST OF GOODS SOLD
1,100,344,312

 
1,010,472,512

 
939,841,654

 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross profit
694,528,266

 
668,452,244

 
603,776,052

 
 
 
 
 
 
OPERATING EXPENSES:
 
 
 
 
 
Engineering, research and development
99,726,438

 
94,238,032

 
88,392,919

Selling, general and administrative
71,443,476

 
62,471,277

 
56,616,694

Total operating expenses
171,169,914

 
156,709,309

 
145,009,613

 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations
523,358,352

 
511,742,935

 
458,766,439

 
 
 
 
 
 
OTHER INCOME:
 
 
 
 
 
Investment income
9,442,387

 
4,787,128

 
4,990,811

Other, net
(1,004,035
)
 
(5,969,290
)
 
(165,794
)
Total other income (expense)
8,438,352

 
(1,182,162
)
 
4,825,017

 
 
 
 
 
 
Income before provision for income taxes
531,796,704

 
510,560,773

 
463,591,456

 
 
 
 
 
 
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES
125,004,782

 
162,969,497

 
145,121,597

 
 
 
 
 
 
NET INCOME
$
406,791,922

 
$
347,591,276

 
$
318,469,859

 
 
 
 
 
 
EARNINGS PER SHARE:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
1.42

 
$
1.21

 
$
1.09

Diluted
$
1.41

 
$
1.19

 
$
1.08

 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Dividends Declared per Share
$
0.390

 
$
0.355

 
$
0.335

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017, 2016 AND 2015
 

2017
 
2016
 
2015
Net Income
$
406,791,922

 
$
347,591,276

 
$
318,469,859

 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss) before tax:
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
3,508,029

 
(2,818,090
)
 
(1,448,808
)
Unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives
1,721,933

 
1,105,468

 
(1,471,736
)
Unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities, net
5,903,699

 
3,013,951

 
(15,443,716
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss), before tax
11,133,661

 
1,301,328

 
(18,364,260
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Expense (Benefit) for income taxes related to components of other comprehensive income (loss)
2,668,973

 
1,441,798

 
(5,920,409
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
8,464,688

 
(140,469
)
 
(12,443,851
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive Income
$
415,256,610

 
$
347,450,807

 
$
306,026,008


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SHAREHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015
 
Common 
Stock
Shares
 
Common 
Stock
Amount
 
Additional 
Paid-In
Capital
 
Retained 
Earnings
 
Accumulated 
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Total 
Shareholders’
Investment
BALANCE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015
295,247,958

 
$
17,714,877

 
$
553,836,483

 
$
988,548,070

 
$
11,313,015

 
$
1,571,412,445

Issuance of common stock and the tax benefit of stock plan transactions
2,740,626

 
164,438

 
32,841,787

 

 

 
33,006,225

Repurchases of common stock
(6,650,573
)
 
(399,034
)
 
(11,326,566
)
 
(99,503,225
)
 

 
(111,228,825
)
Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options, employee stock purchases and restricted stock

 

 
21,430,991

 

 

 
21,430,991

Dividends declared ($.335 per share)

 

 

 
(98,130,083
)
 

 
(98,130,083
)
Net income

 

 

 
318,469,859

 

 
318,469,859

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 
(12,443,851
)
 
(12,443,851
)
BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2015
291,338,011

 
$
17,480,281

 
$
596,782,695

 
$
1,109,384,621

 
$
(1,130,836
)
 
$
1,722,516,761

Issuance of common stock and the tax benefit of stock plan transactions
6,705,632

 
402,338

 
86,491,101

 

 

 
86,893,439

Repurchases of common stock
(10,306,127
)
 
(618,368
)
 
(19,020,032
)
 
(143,722,821
)
 

 
(163,361,221
)
Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options, employee stock purchases and restricted stock

 

 
19,192,699

 

 

 
19,192,699

Dividends declared ($.355 per share)

 

 

 
(102,268,251
)
 

 
(102,268,251
)
Net income

 

 

 
347,591,276

 

 
347,591,276

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 
(140,469
)
 
(140,469
)
BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2016
287,737,516

 
$
17,264,251

 
$
683,446,463

 
$
1,210,984,825

 
$
(1,271,305
)
 
$
1,910,424,234

Issuance of common stock and the tax benefit of stock plan transactions
4,498,729

 
269,923

 
47,500,544

 

 

 
47,770,467

Repurchases of common stock
(11,954,924
)
 
(717,295
)
 
(25,813,300
)
 
(204,832,621
)
 

 
(231,363,216
)
Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options, employee stock purchases and restricted stock

 

 
18,376,965

 

 

 
18,376,965

Dividends declared ($.39 per share)

 

 

 
(110,946,799
)
 

 
(110,946,799
)
Net income

 

 

 
406,791,922

 

 
406,791,922

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 
8,464,688

 
8,464,688

BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2017
280,281,321

 
$
16,816,879

 
$
723,510,672

 
$
1,301,997,327

 
$
7,193,383

 
$
2,049,518,261

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017, 2016 AND 2015  
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
406,791,922

 
$
347,591,276

 
$
318,469,859

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
99,570,908

 
88,587,430

 
80,599,167

Gain on disposal of assets
(188,150
)
 
(146,261
)
 
(10,900
)
Loss on disposal of assets
299,174

 
1,080,486

 
455,950

Gain on sale of investments
(1,309,166
)
 
(4,239,895
)
 
(9,666,482
)
Loss on sale of investments
375,388

 
3,919,698

 
2,705,601

Deferred income taxes
(14,996,179
)
 
22,498,361

 
13,058,458

Stock based compensation expense related to employee stock options, employee stock purchases and restricted stock
18,376,965

 
19,192,699

 
21,430,991

Change in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
(19,530,043
)
 
(15,622,345
)
 
(27,960,696
)
Inventories
(27,454,146
)
 
(14,616,026
)
 
(32,937,525
)
Prepaid expenses and other
16,183,673

 
4,399,366

 
(9,530,002
)
Accounts payable
9,934,837

 
13,609,856

 
(5,103,209
)
Accrued liabilities
12,947,597

 
10,793,540

 
2,904,940

Net cash flows from operating activities
501,002,780

 
477,048,185

 
354,416,152

CASH FLOWS USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
Activity in available-for-sale securities:
 
 
 
 
 
Sales proceeds
30,207,523

 
87,293,155

 
58,517,164

Maturities and calls
23,100,000

 
5,500,000

 

Purchases
(29,874,960
)
 
(216,670,674
)
 
(47,513,972
)
Plant and equipment additions
(104,040,919
)
 
(120,955,614
)
 
(97,941,762
)
Proceeds from sale of plant and equipment
249,757

 
665,191

 
43,544

Increase in other assets
2,646,029

 
(7,278,166
)
 
(2,842,635
)
Net cash used for investing activities
(77,712,570
)
 
(251,446,108
)
 
(89,737,661
)
CASH FLOWS USED FOR FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
Repayment of long-term debt
(107,625,000
)
 
(47,500,000
)
 
(32,500,000
)
Issuance of common stock from stock plan transactions
47,770,467

 
81,310,048

 
30,168,496

Cash dividends paid
(108,815,040
)
 
(101,131,356
)
 
(96,990,439
)
Repurchases of common stock
(231,363,216
)
 
(163,361,221
)
 
(111,228,825
)
Net cash used for financing activities
(400,032,789
)
 
(230,682,529
)
 
(210,550,768
)
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
23,257,421

 
(5,080,452
)
 
54,127,723

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, Beginning of year
546,477,075

 
551,557,527

 
497,429,804

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, End of year
$
569,734,496

 
$
546,477,075

 
$
551,557,527

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS



(1)    SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING POLICIES
The Company
Gentex Corporation designs and manufactures automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry, and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry. The Company’s largest business segment involves designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors and various electronic modules. The Company ships its product to all of the major automotive producing regions worldwide, which it supports with numerous sales, engineering and distribution locations worldwide.
A substantial portion of the Company’s net sales and accounts receivable result from transactions with domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers. Aircraft windows are sold for use by aircraft manufacturers and a Tier 1 supplier. The Company’s fire protection products are primarily sold to domestic distributors and original equipment manufacturers of fire and security systems. The Company does not require collateral or other security for trade accounts receivable.
Significant accounting policies of the Company not described elsewhere are as follows:
Consolidation
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Gentex Corporation and all of its wholly-owned subsidiaries (together the “Company”). All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.
Cash Equivalents
Cash equivalents consist of funds invested in bank accounts and money market funds that have daily liquidity.
Allowance For Doubtful Accounts
The Company bases its allowances for doubtful accounts related to receivables on historical credit and collections experience, and the specific identification of other potential problems impacting collectability, including the economic climate. Actual collections can differ, requiring adjustments to the allowances. Individual accounts receivable balances are evaluated on a monthly basis, and those balances considered uncollectible are charged to the allowance. Collections of amounts previously written off are recorded as an increase to the allowance.
The following table presents the activity in the Company’s allowance for doubtful accounts:
 
Beginning
Balance
 
Net
Additions/
(Reductions)
to Costs and
Expenses
 
Deductions
and Other
Adjustments
 
Ending
Balance
Year Ended December 31, 2017:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
$
2,917,424

 
$

 
$
(202,891
)
 
$
2,714,533

Year Ended December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
$
2,663,477

 
$

 
$
253,947

 
$
2,917,424

Year Ended December 31, 2015:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
$
2,711,248

 
$

 
$
(47,771
)
 
$
2,663,477

 
The Company’s overall allowance for doubtful accounts primarily relates to financially distressed automotive customers. The Company continues to work with these financially distressed customers in collecting past due balances.





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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Continued)

(1)    SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING POLICIES, continued

Investments
The Company follows the provisions of ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, for its financial assets and liabilities, and for its non-financial assets and liabilities subject to fair value measurements. ASC 820 provides a framework for measuring the fair value of assets and liabilities. This framework is intended to provide increased consistency in how fair value determinations are made under various existing accounting standards that permit, or in some cases, require estimates of fair-market value. This standard also expanded financial statement disclosure requirements about a company’s use of fair-value measurements, including the effect of such measure on earnings. The cost of securities sold is based on the specific identification method.
The Company’s common stocks and certain mutual funds are classified as available for sale and are stated at fair value based on quoted market prices, and as such are classified as Level 1 assets. The Company determines the fair value of its government securities, corporate bonds, and certain mutual funds by utilizing monthly valuation statements that are provided by its broker. The broker determines the investment valuation by utilizing the bid price in the market and also refers to third party sources to validate valuations, and as such are classified as Level 2 assets.
The Company's certificates of deposit have remaining maturities of less than one year and are classified as available for sale, and are considered as Level 1 assets. These investments are carried at cost, which approximates fair value.
Assets or liabilities that have recurring fair value measurements are shown below as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using
 
Total as of
 
Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical
Assets
 
Significant Other
Observable
Inputs
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
Description
December 31, 2017
 
(Level I)
 
(Level 2)
 
(Level 3)
Cash & Cash Equivalents
$
569,734,496

 
$
569,734,496

 
$

 
$

Short-Term Investments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Certificate of Deposit
130,000,000

 
130,000,000

 

 

Government Securities
9,011,130

 

 
9,011,130

 

Mutual Funds
393,581

 

 
393,581

 

Corporate Bonds
12,944,999

 

 
12,944,999

 

Other
188,344

 
188,344

 

 

Long-Term Investments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate Bonds
3,018,720

 

 
3,018,720

 

Common Stocks
15,703,371

 
15,703,371

 

 

Mutual Funds
34,681,337

 
34,681,337

 

 

Preferred Stock
1,178,991

 
1,178,991

 

 

Total
$
776,854,969

 
$
751,486,539

 
$
25,368,430

 
$



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GENTEX CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Continued)

(1)    SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING POLICIES, continued

 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using
 
Total as of
 
Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical
Assets
 
Significant Other
Observable
Inputs