Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Strong Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2016

  • Revenue of $108.2 Million, 11.3 Percent Higher Than Last Year
  • GAAP Gross Profit Margin of 48.1 Percent of Revenue; Non-GAAP 49.2 Percent
  • GAAP Earnings Per Share of 76 Cents, Up 94.9 Percent Compared to Last Year; Non-GAAP 79 Cents
  • Cash Flow From Operations of $25.1 Million

AURORA, Ill., July 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world’s leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended June 30, 2016.

Total revenue during the third fiscal quarter was $108.2 million, 11.3 percent higher than in the same quarter last year, including the benefit of the company’s October, 2015 acquisition of NexPlanar Corporation.  The company achieved record quarterly revenue in its Tungsten slurry product area, and year-over-year revenue growth also in its Pads and Dielectrics slurry product areas.  Gross profit margin was 48.1 percent of revenue; non-GAAP gross profit margin was 49.2 percent of revenue, excluding amortization expense related to NexPlanar.  The company achieved diluted earnings per share of $0.76 for the third fiscal quarter, representing an increase of 94.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year; non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.79, excluding NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense.  Cash flow from operations was $25.1 million.  As of June 30, 2016, the company’s balance sheet reflected a cash balance of $243.1 million and $157.5 million of debt outstanding.

“We are delighted with our strong results this quarter, reflecting significant revenue growth compared to last year, and in particular, robust demand for our Tungsten, dielectrics and pad CMP solutions.  In addition, we were pleased with the level of profitability and strong cash flow we achieved,” said David Li, President and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics.  “We believe our performance this quarter is evidence of the continued successful execution of our strategic business initiatives.  In particular, we continued to support our customers’ transitions to advanced logic and memory applications using our Tungsten slurries, customer adoption of our CMP pad solutions, and qualification of our new, high-performing dielectrics slurries.  Based on this, and general expectations of industry participants for continued solid near-term demand, we believe we are well-positioned for continued strong performance during the remainder of our fiscal year.”

Key Financial Information

Total third fiscal quarter revenue of $108.2 million represents an increase of 11.3 percent compared to the same quarter last year, including 12.8 percent revenue growth from the company’s IC CMP consumables products.  The company achieved record quarterly revenue in its Tungsten slurry product area, which grew 7.0 percent year-over-year.  In addition, revenue from the company’s Pads product area grew 81.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year, including $6.4 million from NexPlanar, and revenue from the company’s Dielectrics slurry product area grew 13.9 percent.  Year to date revenue of $307.8 million is 2.0 percent lower than last year, reflecting soft demand within the global semiconductor industry during the first half of the fiscal year, including continued soft demand for PCs, and competitive dynamics in certain dielectrics and data storage applications, all of which the company has previously disclosed.  Year to date revenue includes a $2.4 million adverse impact associated with foreign exchange rate changes, in particular the weaker Korean won versus the U.S. dollar.

Gross profit for the quarter was 48.1 percent, including $1.1 million of NexPlanar amortization expense.  Excluding this amortization expense, non-GAAP gross profit was 49.2 percent of revenue, compared to 50.0 percent of revenue reported in the same quarter a year ago.  Other factors impacting gross profit this quarter compared to last year include higher fixed manufacturing costs, including costs related to NexPlanar, and higher material costs, partially offset by the benefit of higher sales volume and lower incentive compensation costs.  Year to date, gross profit was 48.5 percent of revenue, which includes $0.7 million of acquisition-related costs and $3.2 million of amortization expense related to NexPlanar.  Excluding these costs, year to date non-GAAP gross profit was 49.7 percent of revenue, compared to 51.0 percent last year.  The company currently expects to achieve gross profit for the full fiscal year around 49 percent of revenue, including NexPlanar, compared to its original GAAP guidance range of 49 to 51 percent.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $29.9 million in the third fiscal quarter, which was the lowest level for the company since the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009.  Operating expenses were $3.5 million lower than the $33.4 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to lower incentive compensation costs and the absence of costs associated with last year’s CEO transition, partially offset by NexPlanar costs.  Year to date, total operating expenses were $100.3 million, which includes $1.6 million of acquisition-related costs and $1.3 million of amortization expense related to NexPlanar.  The company is lowering its full fiscal year guidance range for operating expenses to $133 million to $135 million, including NexPlanar; the company’s prior guidance range was $139 million to $143 million.

Net income for the quarter was $18.7 million, or $19.4 million on a non-GAAP basis, excluding NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense, up 89.2 percent from $9.9 million reported in the same quarter last year.  Net income increased primarily due to higher revenue, lower operating expenses and a lower tax rate, primarily related to a $0.9 million incremental benefit.  Year to date, net income was $39.1 million, or $43.5 million on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the referenced costs related to the NexPlanar acquisition, compared to $43.6 million reported last year.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.76 this quarter, or $0.79 on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the referenced costs related to the NexPlanar acquisition, 94.9 percent higher than the $0.39 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, which included a $0.07 adverse impact related to costs associated with material quality and certain tax items.  Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $1.59, or $1.77 on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the referenced costs related to the NexPlanar acquisition, compared to $1.75 last year, which included the $0.07 adverse impact referenced above.

CONFERENCE CALL
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation’s quarterly earnings conference call will be held today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.  The conference call will be available via live webcast and replay from the company’s website, www.cabotcmp.com, or by phone at (844) 825-4410.  Callers outside the U.S. can dial (973) 638-3236.  The conference code for the call is 39611224.  A transcript of the formal comments made during the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The company presented the following measures considered as non-GAAP by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:  gross profit margin, net income and diluted earnings per share excluding the effects of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense.  The non-GAAP financial information provided in this press release is a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the company’s financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the investor's understanding about the company's ongoing operations.  Specifically, the company believes the NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense are not indicative of its core operating results, and thus presents its gross profit margin, net income and diluted earnings per share excluding these costs.  The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  A reconciliation table of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures, including gross profit percentage, net income and diluted earnings per share, is contained in this press release.

ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry.  The company’s products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers.  The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology.  The company has approximately 1,125 employees on a global basis.  For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit www.cabotcmp.com  or contact Trisha Tuntland, Director of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.

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