Electro Scientific Industries Inc.

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ESI Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), a leading supplier of innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended September 28, 2013. Financial measures are provided on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, which excludes the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, and other items.

Revenue in the second quarter was $59.6 million, compared to $46.2 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $80.2 million in the second quarter of last fiscal year. On a GAAP basis, net loss was $2.8 million or $0.09 per share, compared to net loss of $3.3 million or $0.11 per share in the prior quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, second quarter net income was $2.6 million or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and net income of $7.0 million or $0.23 per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

“I'm pleased to report another good quarter for ESI with revenues, gross margin and non-GAAP earnings per share at the high end of our outlook,” stated Nick Konidaris, president and CEO of ESI. “We also continued to execute on our growth initiatives that will expand our markets and unlock incremental revenue opportunities.”

Orders for the second quarter were $46.2 million, compared to $58.3 million in the prior quarter. Konidaris continued, “The demand environment was challenging this quarter, due to a lull in advanced microfabrication demand, delays in the adoption of next-generation strengthened glass, and the absorption of capacity ordered earlier in the year.”

GAAP gross margin was 41.3%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 43.2% compared to 43.9% in the prior quarter. Operating expenses were $23.9 million, up from $22.5 million in the prior quarter. On a non-GAAP basis operating expenses increased to $22.1 million due mainly to incremental development costs associated with strategic design wins in the semiconductor business and a full quarter of expenses from our acquired Semiconductor Systems division. Non-GAAP operating income was $3.7 million compared to $0.5 million in the first quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At quarter end, cash and investments decreased to $132 million. The company generated $5.6 million in cash from operations during the quarter, paid $1.7 million as a net working capital adjustment associated with its acquisition of the Semiconductor Systems business, and paid $2.4 million for the quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share. The company also used $5.0 million to increase its equity investment in OmniGuide, Inc., a provider of fiber technology for minimally invasive micro-surgical cutting and coagulation. The terms of this latest round of financing resulted in a non-cash impairment charge of $3.6 million related to ESI's investment in previous rounds.

Third Quarter 2014 Outlook

Based on recent order levels, ESI expects revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 to be in the low $40 million range. Non-GAAP loss per share is expected to be $0.05 to $0.09. Additionally, we expect fiscal year revenues to be down approximately 10% from 2013.

Konidaris concluded, “In the near term we are facing the impact of a lull in equipment demand for consumer electronics applications and a delay in the adoption of next-generation strengthened glass. However, we are pleased with progress in our growth strategy, as we aggressively pursue promising opportunities in consumer electronics, 3D semiconductor packaging and enabling laser technologies. We are heavily engaged with our customers and believe that our laser microfabrication solutions will continue to enable new functionality, drive down cost, increase yield and improve the quality of consumer electronics devices."

The company will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The session will include a review of the financial results, operational performance and business outlook, and also a question and answer period.

The conference call can be accessed by calling 888-339-2688 (domestic participants) or 617-847-3007 (international participants). The conference ID number is 74406194. A live audio webcast can be accessed at www.esi.com. Upon completion of the call, an audio replay will be accessible through November 10, 2013, at 888-286-8010 (domestic participants) or 617-801-6888 (international participants), passcode 52011583. The webcast will be available on ESI’s website for one year.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, we have presented financial measures which have not been determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are therefore non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring charges and other items. We believe that this presentation of non-GAAP financial measures allows investors to better assess the company’s operating performance by comparing it to prior periods on a more consistent basis. We have included a reconciliation of various non-GAAP financial measures to those measures reported in accordance with GAAP. Because our calculation of non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, investors should be careful when comparing our non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies.

About ESI

ESI is a leading supplier of innovative, laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry. Our systems enable precise structuring and testing of micron to submicron features in electronic devices, semiconductors, LEDs and other high-value components. We partner with our customers to make breakthrough technologies possible in the microelectronics, semiconductor and other emerging industries. Founded in 1944, ESI is headquartered in Portland, Ore., with global operations from the Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Rim. More information is available at www.esi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the markets we serve, growth initiatives, revenue and earnings per share. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to us on the date of this release and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements for any reason. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may affect the forward-looking statements include: the risk that anticipated growth opportunities may be smaller than anticipated or may not be realized; risks related to the relative strength and volatility of the electronics industry—which is dependent on many factors, including component prices, global economic strength and political stability, timing of consumer product introductions and overall demand for electronic devices (such as semiconductors, printed circuit boards, displays, LEDs, capacitors and other components) used in wireless telecommunications equipment, computers and consumer and automotive electronics; the health of the financial markets and availability of credit for end customers and related effect on the global economy; the volatility associated with the industries we serve which includes the relative level of capacity and demand, and financial strength of the manufacturers; the risk that customer orders may be canceled or delayed; the ability of the company to respond promptly to customer requirements; the risk that the company may not be able to ship products on the schedule required by customers, whether as a result of production delays, supply delays, or otherwise; the ability of the company to develop, manufacture and successfully deliver new products and enhancements; the risk that customer acceptance of new or customized products may be delayed; the risk that large orders and related revenues may not be repeated; the company’s need to continue investing in research and development; the company’s ability to hire and retain key employees; the company’s ability to create and sustain intellectual property protection around its products; the risk that competing or alternative technologies could reduce demand for our products; risks related to the integration of the Semiconductor Systems business; foreign currency fluctuations; the company’s ability to utilize recorded deferred tax assets; taxes, interest or penalties resulting from tax audits; and changes in tax laws or the interpretation of such tax law.

         
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Operating Results:                
Fiscal quarter ended Two fiscal quarters ended
Sep 28, 2013 Jun 29, 2013 Sep 29, 2012 Sep 28, 2013 Sep 29, 2012
Net sales $ 59,647 $ 46,172 $ 80,152 $ 105,819 $ 139,121
Cost of sales   35,015     26,786     46,632     61,801     81,948  
Gross profit 24,632 19,386 33,520 44,018 57,173
41 % 42 % 42 % 42 % 41 %
Operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 14,251 14,547 15,114 28,798 30,777
Research, development and engineering 9,719 8,425 10,527 18,144 20,061
Gain on acquisition of Semiconductor Systems business   (35 )   (464 )       (499 )    
Net operating expenses   23,935     22,508     25,641     46,443     50,838  
Operating income (loss) 697 (3,122 ) 7,879 (2,425 ) 6,335
Non-operating (expense) income:
Other-than-temporary impairment of cost based investments (3,588 ) (3,588 )
Interest and other income (expense), net   80     (60 )   91     20     (59 )
Total non-operating (expense) income   (3,508 )   (60 )   91     (3,568 )   (59 )
(Loss) income before income taxes (2,811 ) (3,182 ) 7,970 (5,993 ) 6,276
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes   (33 )   101     2,759     68     2,009  
Net (loss) income $ (2,778 ) $ (3,283 ) $ 5,211   $ (6,061 ) $ 4,267  
Net (loss) income per share—basic $ (0.09 ) $ (0.11 ) $ 0.18   $ (0.20 ) $ 0.15  
Net (loss) income per share—diluted $ (0.09 ) $ (0.11 ) $ 0.17   $ (0.20 ) $ 0.14  
 
     
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Financial Position As Of:
Sep 28, 2013 Jun 29, 2013 Mar 30, 2013
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 71,975 $ 73,765 $ 88,913
Short-term investments 49,897 50,265 56,144
Trade receivables, net 34,701 38,199 31,779
Inventories 70,208 74,074 63,067
Shipped systems pending acceptance 549 1,857 1,007
Deferred income taxes, net 1,737 1,734 1,682
Other current assets   4,890   3,894   3,898
Total current assets 233,957 243,788 246,490
Non-current assets:
Non-current investments 10,388 12,299 12,329
Property, plant and equipment, net 28,209 28,091 27,894
Non-current deferred income taxes, net 3,421 3,708 3,766
Goodwill 7,889 7,889 7,889
Acquired intangible assets, net 8,283 9,108 9,088
Other assets   16,770   13,584   14,752
Total assets $ 308,917 $ 318,467 $ 322,208
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 15,534 $ 16,721 $ 16,958
Accrued liabilities 22,353 24,891 24,930
Deferred revenue   7,855   10,766   10,196
Total current liabilities 45,742 52,378 52,084
Non-current income taxes payable 6,214 5,885 5,982
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred and common stock 180,069 178,469 176,631
Retained earnings 76,402 81,567 87,228
Accumulated other comprehensive income   490   168   283
Total shareholders' equity   256,961   260,204   264,142
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 308,917 $ 318,467 $ 322,208
End of period shares outstanding   30,018   29,915   29,583
 
         
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Analysis of Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results
(Dollars and shares in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Fiscal quarter ended   Two fiscal quarters ended
Sep 28, 2013 Jun 29, 2013 Sep 29, 2012 Sep 28, 2013 Sep 29, 2012
Sales detail:
Interconnect & Microfabrication Group $ 38,301 $ 34,417 $ 69,137 $ 72,718 $ 116,969
Semiconductor Group 10,935 5,613 3,184 16,548 6,616
Components Group   10,411     6,142     7,831     16,553     15,536  
Total $ 59,647 $ 46,172 $ 80,152 $ 105,819 $ 139,121
 
Gross margin % 41 % 42 % 42 % 42 % 41 %
Selling, service and administration expense % 24 % 32 % 19 % 27 % 22 %
Research, development and engineering expense % 16 % 18 % 13 % 17 % 14 %
Operating income (loss) % 1 % (7 )% 10 % (2 )% 5 %
Effective tax rate % 1 % (3 )% 35 % (1 )% 32 %
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 29,967 29,745 29,339 29,856 29,228
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 29,967 29,745 29,961 29,856 29,912
End of period employees 626 623 679 626 679
 
         
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
 
Fiscal quarter ended Two fiscal quarters ended
Sep 28, 2013 Jun 29, 2013 Sep 29, 2012 Sep 28, 2013 Sep 29, 2012
Gross profit per GAAP $ 24,632 $ 19,386 $ 33,520 $ 44,018 $ 57,173
Purchase accounting 965 689 545 1,654 882
Equity compensation   189     185     217     374     433  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 25,786   $ 20,260   $ 34,282   $ 46,046   $ 58,488  
Non-GAAP gross margin   43.2 %   43.9 %   42.8 %   43.5 %   42.0 %
 
Operating expenses per GAAP $ 23,935 $ 22,508 $ 25,641 $ 46,443 $ 50,838
Purchase accounting 357 266 129 623 249
Equity compensation 1,045 2,449 1,683 3,494 4,444
Acquisition and integration costs 590 404 70 994 859
Restructuring credits (90 ) (90 )
Legal settlement costs 55 55
Gain on acquisition of Semiconductor Systems business   (35 )   (464 )       (499 )    
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 22,068   $ 19,798   $ 23,759   $ 41,866   $ 45,286  
% of Net sales   37 %   43 %   30 %   40 %   33 %
 
Operating income (loss) per GAAP $ 697 $ (3,122 ) $ 7,879 $ (2,425 ) $ 6,335
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 1,154 874 762 2,028 1,315
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses   1,867     2,710     1,882     4,577     5,552  
Non-GAAP operating income $ 3,718   $ 462   $ 10,523   $ 4,180   $ 13,202  
% of Net sales   6 %   1 %   13 %   4 %   9 %
 
Non-operating (expense) income, net per GAAP $ (3,508 ) $ (60 ) $ 91 $ (3,568 ) $ (59 )
Other-than-temporary impairment of cost based investments   3,588             3,588      
Non-GAAP non-operating income (expense) $ 80   $ (60 ) $ 91   $ 20   $ (59 )
 
Net (loss) income per GAAP $ (2,778 ) $ (3,283 ) $ 5,211 $ (6,061 ) $ 4,267
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 1,154 874 762 2,028 1,315
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,867 2,710 1,882 4,577 5,552
Non-GAAP adjustments to non-operating expense 3,588 3,588
Income tax effect of other non-GAAP adjustments   (1,193 )   54     (848 )   (1,139 )   (2,259 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 2,638   $ 355   $ 7,007   $ 2,993   $ 8,875  
% of Net sales   4 %   1 %   9 %   3 %   6 %
Basic Non-GAAP net income per share $ 0.09   $ 0.01   $ 0.24 $ 0.10   $ 0.30  
Diluted Non-GAAP net income per share $ 0.09   $ 0.01   $ 0.23   $ 0.10   $ 0.30  
 
         
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows:
 
Fiscal quarter ended   Two fiscal quarters ended
Sep 28, 2013 Jun 29, 2013 Sep 29, 2012 Sep 28, 2013 Sep 29, 2012
Net (loss) income $ (2,778) $ (3,283) $ 5,211 $ (6,061) $ 4,267
Non-cash adjustments and changes in operating activities 8,369 (5,417) (16,413) 2,952 (4,117)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 5,591 (8,700) (11,202) (3,109) 150
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (5,796) (3,087) (360) (8,883) 5,766
Net cash used in financing activities (2,020) (3,175) (2,202) (5,195) (5,097)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 435 (186) 404 249 357
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (1,790) (15,148) (13,360) (16,938) 1,176
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 73,765 88,913 84,316 88,913 69,780
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 71,975 $ 73,765 $ 70,956 $ 71,975 $ 70,956
 

ESI
Brian Smith, 503-672-5760
smithb@esi.com

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