As a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace, and industrial markets, Knowles has achieved excellence for nearly 70 years. We strive to continuously reinvent our industry, and develop technology that improves the audio experience. Today, Knowles products are used by more than one billion people worldwide every day, enhancing how they interact with the world around them. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles has nearly 12,000 employees across 15 countries, including more than 800 engineers dedicated to pioneering acoustics and audio technology. This R&D investment, coupled with our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world, enable us to deliver advanced MEMS microphones, balanced armature speakers, voice processing and algorithms, and capacitors and timing devices. We see possibility in unexpected places, and are unified by a spirit of innovation to constantly push boundaries, drive the industry forward and enable people to experience improved voice and audio quality in every facet of their lives. We transform the way people communicate, interact with technology and enjoy sound. We are Knowles.

Itasca, US
Size (employees)
8,000 (est)-33%
Knowles was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Itasca, US

Knowles Office Locations

Knowles has offices in Itasca, Mountain View, Shanghai, Beijing and in 4 other locations
Itasca, US (HQ)
1151 Maplewood Dr

Knowles Metrics

Knowles Financial Metrics

Knowles's revenue was reported to be $859.3 m in FY, 2016 which is a 21% decrease from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2016)

$859.3 m

Revenue growth (FY, 2015 - FY, 2016), %


Gross profit (FY, 2016)

$330.1 m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2016), %


Net income (FY, 2016)

($42.3 m)

EBIT (FY, 2016)

$47.1 m

Market capitalization (19-May-2017)

$1.6 b

Closing share price (19-May-2017)


Cash (31-Dec-2016)

$66.2 m
Knowles's current market capitalization is $1.6 b.
FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


$1.1 b$1.1 b$859.3 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

$885.3 m$785.1 m$529.2 m

Gross profit

$256 m$299.5 m$330.1 m

Gross profit Margin, %


R&D expense

$83 m$112.1 m$100.5 m

General and administrative expense

$196.5 m$208.1 m$170.7 m

Operating expense total

$285.8 m$477.6 m$281.5 m


$134.6 m$36 m$47.1 m

EBIT margin, %


Interest expense

$6.6 m$12.7 m$20.4 m

Pre tax profit

($55.1 m)($248.9 m)

Income tax expense

$31.9 m($15.1 m)$11.7 m

Net Income

($87 m)($233.8 m)($42.3 m)
FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


$55.2 m$63.3 m$66.2 m


$9.2 m

Current Assets

$474 m$419.3 m$330.1 m


$315.9 m$224.8 m$186.2 m


$914.7 m$925.8 m$894.6 m

Total Assets

$2 b$1.7 b$1.5 b

Accounts Payable

$172.1 m$116.5 m$71.8 m

Current Liabilities

$288.6 m$226.9 m$149 m

Additional Paid-in Capital

$1.4 b$1.4 b$1.5 b

Retained Earnings

($84 m)($317.8 m)($360.1 m)

Total Equity

$1.2 b$1 b$1 b

Financial Leverage

1.6 x1.7 x1.5 x
FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Depreciation and Amortization

$151.6 m$135.7 m$73.7 m


$681 k$224 k

Accounts Payable

$38 m($42.7 m)($26.6 m)

Cash From Operating Activities

($50.4 m)$8.1 m$107.5 m

Purchases of PP&E

($83.9 m)($63.1 m)($38.7 m)

Cash From Investing Activities

($93.1 m)($95.2 m)$5.9 m

Long-term Borrowings

($15 m)($166.5 m)

Cash From Financing Activities

($71.4 m)$26.1 m($109.9 m)

Interest Paid

$6.7 m$11.2 m$12.2 m

Income Taxes Paid

$20.9 m$19.3 m$4.2 m
Y, 2016


$71.6 k

Financial Leverage

1.5 x

Knowles Operating Metrics

FY, 2016



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