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ESI Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

Companies mentioned in this article: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

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 2015 first quarter ended June 28, 2014. 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 first quarter was $35.0 million, compared to $37.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $46.2 million in the first quarter of last fiscal year. On a GAAP basis, net loss was $8.3 million or $0.27 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, first quarter net loss was $7.4 million or $0.24 per share. “First quarter results reflected good execution on our revenue opportunities and prudent expense management, which resulted in EPS performance above our guided range with positive operating cash flow,” stated Edward C. Grady, president and CEO of ESI.

Orders for the first quarter were $47.3 million, compared to $31.7 million in the prior quarter. Grady continued, “Flex circuit via drilling had a very good quarter, as we saw our strongest flex orders in a year. We also grew the bookings in China to the highest quarterly level in several years. Lastly, orders benefited from our service and support business, which grew 10% from last quarter and over 50% from one year ago.”

GAAP gross margin was 38%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 40%. Operating expenses were $22.2 million, down from $25.5 million in the prior quarter. On a non-GAAP basis operating expenses decreased by $1.3 million to $21.0 million. Non-GAAP operating loss was $7.1 million compared to a loss of $5.1 million in the fourth quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At quarter end, cash and investments were $106 million. The company generated $0.7 million in cash from operations. During the quarter the company spent $1.5 million to repurchase approximately 208,000 shares of ESI stock pursuant to its stock repurchase authorization, and paid $2.4 million for the quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share.

Second Quarter 2015 Outlook

ESI expects revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 to be around $40 million. Non-GAAP loss per share is expected to be $0.17 to $0.22.

Grady concluded, “In the past quarter we have made good progress toward our corporate revitalization. Our new Chief Marketing Officer, plus other key marketing hires, will help ESI to become a market-driven company that can address a broad application set. The corporate initiative to drive growth in China is reflected by the hiring of our new president of China operations. And progress continues on the development of lower-cost modular platforms that will open ESI to an expanded set of market opportunities. Although we expect that the benefits of these actions will take a few quarters to be realized, they begin to form the foundation for our turnaround effort and will enable future growth."

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 98229863. A live audio webcast can be accessed at investors.esi.com. Upon completion of the call, an audio replay will be accessible through August 10, 2014, at 888-286-8010 (domestic participants) or 617-801-6888 (international participants), passcode 87806089. 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, inventory write-offs, asset impairments, 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; the risk that any of our growth initiatives may not be successful; 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 laws.

 

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
Operating Results:      
Fiscal quarter ended
Jun 28, 2014 Mar 29, 2014 Jun 29, 2013
Net sales $ 35,030 $ 37,081 $ 46,172
Cost of sales 21,795   33,354   26,786  
Gross profit 13,235 3,727 19,386
38 % 10 % 42 %
Operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 13,100 14,516 14,547
Research, development and engineering 9,145 9,927 8,425
Restructuring costs 1,101
Gain on acquisition of Semiconductor Systems business     (464 )
Net operating expenses 22,245   25,544   22,508  
Operating loss (9,010 ) (21,817 ) (3,122 )
Non-operating income (expense):
Other-than-temporary impairment of cost based investments (6,115 )
Interest and other income (expense), net 46   (2 ) (60 )
Total non-operating income (expense) 46   (6,117 ) (60 )
Loss before income taxes (8,964 ) (27,934 ) (3,182 )
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes (713 ) (301 ) 101  
Net loss $ (8,251 ) $ (27,633 ) $ (3,283 )
Net loss per share—basic $ (0.27 ) $ (0.92 ) $ (0.11 )
Net loss per share—diluted $ (0.27 ) $ (0.92 ) $ (0.11 )
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
Financial Position As Of:
  Jun 28, 2014   Mar 29, 2014
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 82,459 $ 68,461
Short-term investments 23,866 38,444
Trade receivables, net 32,957 37,813
Inventories 60,398 58,902
Shipped systems pending acceptance 2,547 2,054
Deferred income taxes, net 160 161
Other current assets 4,563   4,674
Total current assets 206,950 210,509
Non-current assets:
Non-current investments 3,985
Property, plant and equipment, net 27,086 27,930
Non-current deferred income taxes, net 811 704
Goodwill 7,889 7,889
Acquired intangible assets, net 6,305 6,845
Other assets 12,253   12,347
Total assets $ 261,294   $ 270,209
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 14,597 $ 14,465
Accrued liabilities 21,101 20,524
Deferred income tax liability, net 170 170
Deferred revenue 12,268   10,515
Total current liabilities 48,136 45,674
Non-current income taxes payable 1,151 1,654
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred and common stock 182,451 183,193
Retained earnings 28,668 39,336
Accumulated other comprehensive income 888   352
Total shareholders' equity 212,007   222,881
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 261,294   $ 270,209
End of period shares outstanding 30,495   30,155
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Analysis of First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

(Dollars and shares in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

  Fiscal quarter ended
Jun 28, 2014   Mar 29, 2014   Jun 29, 2013
Sales detail:
Interconnect & Microfabrication Group $ 20,948 $ 22,851 $ 34,417
Semiconductor Group 10,749 10,696 5,613
Components Group 3,333   3,534   6,142  
Total $ 35,030 $ 37,081 $ 46,172
 
Gross margin % 38 % 10 % 42 %
Selling, service and administration expense % 37 % 39 % 32 %
Research, development and engineering expense % 26 % 27 % 18 %
Operating loss % (26 %) (59 %) (7 %)
Effective tax rate % 8 % 1 % (3 %)
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 30,353 30,130 29,745
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 30,353 30,130 29,745
End of period employees 618 633 623
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
  Fiscal quarter ended
Jun 28, 2014   Mar 29, 2014   Jun 29, 2013
Gross profit per GAAP $ 13,235 $ 3,727 $ 19,386
Purchase accounting 447 448 689
Equity compensation 168 164 185
Charges for inventory write-off of discontinued products   12,785    
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 13,850   $ 17,124   $ 20,260  
Non-GAAP gross margin 39.5 % 46.2 % 43.9 %
 
Operating expenses per GAAP $ 22,245 $ 25,544 $ 22,508
Purchase accounting (90 ) (151 ) (266 )
Equity compensation (1,162 ) (810 ) (2,449 )
Acquisition and integration costs (204 ) (404 )
Restructuring costs (1,101 )
Legal settlement (55 )
Gain on purchase of acquisition of Semiconductor Systems business 464
Charges for asset write-off   (1,020 )  
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 20,993   $ 22,258   $ 19,798  
% of Net sales 60 % 60 % 43 %
 
Operating loss per GAAP $ (9,010 ) $ (21,817 ) $ (3,122 )
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 615 13,397 874
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,252   3,286   2,710  
Non-GAAP operating (loss) income $ (7,143 ) $ (5,134 ) $ 462  
% of Net sales (20 %) (14 %) 1 %
 
Non-operating income (expense), net per GAAP $ 46 $ (6,117 ) $ (60 )
Other-than-temporary impairment of cost based investments   6,115    
Non-GAAP non-operating income (expense) $ 46   $ (2 ) $ (60 )
 
Net loss per GAAP $ (8,251 ) $ (27,633 ) $ (3,283 )
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 615 13,397 874
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,252 3,286 2,710
Non-GAAP adjustments to non-operating expense 6,115
Income tax effect of other non-GAAP adjustments (966 ) (126 ) 54  
Non-GAAP net (loss) income $ (7,350 ) $ (4,961 ) $ 355  
% of Net sales (21 %) (13 %) 1 %
Basic Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share $ (0.24 ) $ (0.16 ) $ 0.01  
Diluted Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share $ (0.24 ) $ (0.16 ) $ 0.01  
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows:
  Fiscal quarter ended
Jun 28, 2014   Mar 29, 2014   Jun 29, 2013
Net loss $ (8,251 ) $ (27,633 ) $ (3,283 )
Non-cash adjustments and changes in operating activities 8,988   12,390   (5,417 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 737 (15,243 ) (8,700 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 17,234 8,545 (3,087 )
Net cash used in financing activities (4,362 ) (2,025 ) (3,175 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 389   10   (186 )
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 13,998 (8,713 ) (15,148 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 68,461   77,174   88,913  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 82,459   $ 68,461   $ 73,765  


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