ESI Announces Strong Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), an innovator of laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ended December 30, 2017. Financial measures are provided on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring, and other items shown in the non-GAAP reconciliation table below.

Third quarter revenue was $110.8 million, compared to $33.8 million in the third quarter of last fiscal year. GAAP net income was $34.0 million or $0.94 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $9.7 million or $0.29 per share one year ago. On a non-GAAP basis net income was $35.6 million or $0.99 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $7.6 million or $0.23 per share in the prior year's third quarter.

Michael Burger, ESI's president and CEO, stated, “We delivered another quarter of excellent financial results. I’m particularly proud of the entire ESI team as they demonstrated the power of our highly scalable cost model by shipping a record amount of product, resulting in dramatic increases in revenue and profitability. Our non-GAAP gross margin rate of nearly 49% enabled adjusted operating margin of over 32% and adjusted quarterly earnings of nearly $1.00 per share."

Total orders for the quarter were $134.0 million, compared to $44.1 million one year ago and $128.9 million in the prior quarter. Burger continued, "Bookings more than tripled year over year as increasingly complex consumer electronics have driven an expansion of the flexible circuit content per device, requiring flexible circuit manufacturers to add capacity of our industry-leading laser drilling products."

GAAP gross margin was 48.0%, compared to 33.9% in the third quarter of last year, on significantly higher revenues. Operating expense was $19.9 million, down from $21.5 million last year, as a result of our now-completed cost reduction activities that were partially offset in the quarter by higher volume-related variable expenses. Operating income was $33.2 million, or 30% of revenue, compared to a loss of $10.1 million in last year's third quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At quarter end, total cash, restricted cash and current investments increased to $100.2 million. The company generated $15.1 million of cash from operations during the quarter. Sequentially, and as a result of our increased production and shipment levels, inventories increased by $13.1 million to $74.5 million, and accounts receivable increased by $28.0 million to $75.7 million. Inventory turnover improved to 3.4 times and days sales outstanding remained relatively steady at 62 days.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Outlook

Based on current market and backlog conditions, revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 are expected to be between $95 and $110 million. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share is expected to be $0.75 to $0.95.

Burger concluded, "Similar to other capital equipment providers, our visibility of specific demand levels beyond the first quarter of fiscal 2019 remains limited. That said, we believe the underlying technology trends for our products will drive long-term growth in our targeted markets, and our business model should translate the incremental revenue into leveraged earnings 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 24885109. A live audio webcast can be accessed at www.esi.com.

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, or adjusted, financial measures exclude the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring, and other items. We believe that this presentation of non-GAAP financial measures allows investors to 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 enables our customers to commercialize technology using precision laser processes. ESI’s solutions produce the industry’s highest quality and throughput, and target the lowest total cost of ownership. ESI is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with global operations and subsidiaries in Asia, Europe and North America. More information is available at www.esi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including our expected financial results for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 first quarter, our projections for orders and backlog, anticipated technology trends, the ability of our business model to translate incremental revenue into leveraged earnings growth, and other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates,” “continue,” “will,” “may,” "should," and similar words, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to us on the date of this release and we undertake 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 those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as: 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; 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, including as a result of any shipment delays; our ability to respond promptly to customer requirements; the risk, especially at heightened production levels, that we may not be able to ship products on the schedule required by customers, whether as a result of production delays, supply delays, or otherwise; our ability 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; our ability to create and sustain intellectual property protection around our products; the risk that competing or alternative technologies could reduce demand for our products; the risk that we may not be successful in penetrating new or adjacent markets; the risk that our new products may not gain acceptance in the marketplace; the risk that new products may not be introduced to the market in the anticipated time frame or at all; foreign currency fluctuations; the risk that duties or tariffs could be imposed or increased on goods imported or exported by us; the risk of timing of shipments or increased costs related to licenses for goods exported by us; the risk that changes to policies regarding immigration and visits to the United States could negatively impact our ability to hire or retain and train qualified personnel or our ability to operate internationally on an integrated basis; our 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. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)

          
  Fiscal quarter ended  Three fiscal quarters ended
(In thousands, except per share data) Dec 30, 2017   Sep 30, 2017   Dec 31, 2016   Dec 30, 2017   Dec 31, 2016
Net sales:                  
Systems $ 99,418     $ 60,316     $ 25,427     $ 221,827     $ 85,069  
Services 11,422     10,651     8,352     32,664     26,036  
Total net sales 110,840     70,967     33,779     254,491     111,105  
Cost of sales:                  
Systems 52,502     38,179     17,283     132,107     53,851  
Services 5,182     6,256     5,048     16,276     14,018  
Total cost of sales 57,684     44,435     22,331     148,383     67,869  
Gross profit 53,156     26,532     11,448     106,108     43,236  
Gross margin 48.0 %   37.4 %   33.9 %   41.7 %   38.9 %
Operating expenses:                  
Selling, general and administrative 11,040     11,648     13,280     35,496     38,917  
Research, development and engineering 8,165     8,274     7,868     25,373     23,258  
Restructuring costs 706     2,162     321     4,079     321  
Acquisition and integration costs         31         366  
Total operating expenses 19,911     22,084     21,500     64,948     62,862  
Operating income (loss) 33,245     4,448     (10,052 )   41,160     (19,626 )
Non-operating income (expense):                  
Interest and other income (expense), net 789     (229 )   34     376     162  
Total non-operating income (expense) 789     (229 )   34     376     162  
Income (loss) before income taxes 34,034     4,219     (10,018 )   41,536     (19,464 )
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes 61     (41 )   (325 )   401     22  
Net income (loss) $ 33,973     $ 4,260     $ (9,693 )   $ 41,135     $ (19,486 )
Net income (loss) per share - basic $ 0.99     $ 0.13     $ (0.29 )   $ 1.22     $ (0.60 )
Net income (loss) per share - diluted $ 0.94     $ 0.12     $ (0.29 )   $ 1.16     $ (0.60 )
                                       

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

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