Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Jan 27, 2010

ESI Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results

Bookings More Than Double Sequentially

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), a leading provider of world-class laser-based microengineering systems, today announced results for its fiscal 2010 third quarter, ended January 2, 2010, which consisted of fourteen weeks. Financial measures are provided on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, which excludes the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring costs, and non-recurring items.

Third quarter revenues were $39.0 million, up 41% from the second quarter and up 52% from the same quarter one year ago. On a GAAP basis, net loss was $2.4 million or $0.09 per share, compared to a net loss of $6.1 million or $0.22 per share in the prior quarter. Excluding the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, and non-recurring items, non-GAAP net loss was $0.9 million or $0.03 per share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $3.9 million or $0.14 per share in the second quarter.

"All three of our operating groups showed strong sequential revenue growth. This top line growth led to sequential improvements in gross margin, operating income, and earnings per share," stated Nick Konidaris, ESI president and CEO.

Orders for the third quarter were $61.2 million, up from $29.3 million in the prior quarter and $21.2 million of new business orders in the prior year.

"Our markets continue to improve, with strength across many of our product lines," continued Konidaris. "Our orders more than doubled sequentially, led by a large micro-machining order for our new model ML5900, but also reflecting improved demand in our passive components, LED scribing, and LCD repair businesses.

"In addition, we introduced and received customer orders for a new version of our industry-leading MLCC tester, the model 3500. The 3500 increases throughput by 50% and handles a wider range of component sizes and capacitance values.

"Finally, during the quarter we purchased the intellectual property and assets of Applied Photonics. We believe this acquisition, combined with our technology, will enable us to expand our presence in the fast-growing market for glass micromachining."

Third quarter operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis were up sequentially due to the 14-week quarter, expiration of some temporary cost reduction measures, and higher engineering project spending. Konidaris added, "We continue to focus on improving operational efficiency while still investing in the many growth opportunities we see before us. We are pleased that we are approaching breakeven, despite weakness in our memory repair business, which we expect to begin recovering in the second half of calendar 2010."

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow



At quarter end, cash and investments, including restricted cash, totaled $162.8 million, an increase of $8.3 million over last quarter. Restricted cash increased by $8.4 million resulting from the substitution of a letter of credit for the remaining bond associated with legal action in Taiwan to protect the company's intellectual property. Cash flow from operations was almost $1 million as improvements within working capital more than offset losses from operations.

Q4 2010 Outlook

ESI expects revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 to be between $50 and $55 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.05 to $0.10 excluding the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring costs, and non-recurring items.

Konidaris concluded, "Our markets appear to be making improvement. While the slope and magnitude of the recovery are still unclear, we are optimistic about market forecasts for the end products driving our demand, such as PCs, smart phones, and HDTVs. In addition, we are excited about customer response to our new products and believe our strategy of expanding our addressable markets will continue to create additional opportunities for 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 888-419-5570 (domestic participants) or 617-896-9871 (international participants). The conference ID number is 26724176. A live audio webcast can be accessed at http://www.esi.com. Upon completion of the call, an audio replay will be accessible through February 6, 2010 at 888-286-8010 (domestic participants) or 617-801-6888 (international participants), passcode 81828231. The audio replay will also be available on the ESI Web site.

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 costs, and non-recurring 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 pioneer and leading supplier of world-class production laser systems that help its microelectronics customers achieve compelling yield and productivity gains. The company's industry-leading, application-specific products enhance electronic-device performance in three key sectors--semiconductors, passive components and electronic interconnect--by enabling precision fine-tuning of device micro-features in high-volume manufacturing environments. Founded in 1944, ESI is headquartered in Portland, Ore. More information is available at http://www.esi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the markets we serve, orders, revenue, growth, earnings growth, 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, and overall demand for electronic devices (such as capacitors, semiconductor memory devices and advanced electronic packages) 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 semiconductor industry 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 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 ability to integrate the intellectual property and assets of Applied Photonics; 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; foreign currency fluctuations; the company's ability to utilize recorded deferred tax assets; taxes, interest or penalties resulting from tax audits; changes in tax laws or the interpretation of such tax laws; and future liquidity and valuation of auction rate securities.











































































Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Fiscal quarter ended Three fiscal quarters ended
Operating Results:Jan 2, 2010 Sep 26, 2009 Dec 27, 2008 Jan 2, 2010 Dec 27, 2008
Net sales $ 39,048 $ 27,638 $ 25,618 $ 89,289 $ 139,252
Cost of sales 24,231 18,212 18,200 59,085 85,471
Gross profit 14,817 9,426 7,418 30,204 53,781
Operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 11,910 11,355 12,062 35,236 40,908
Research, development and engineering 8,793 7,441 7,939 23,689 26,043
Restructuring costs - - 112 - 2,035
Merger termination proceeds, net - - - (4,516 ) -
Goodwill impairment charge - - 17,396 - 17,396
Net operating expenses 20,703 18,796 37,509 54,409 86,382
Operating loss (5,886 ) (9,370 ) (30,091 ) (24,205 ) (32,601 )
Non-operating income (expense):
Other-than-temporary impairment of auction rate securities - - (2,022 ) - (12,497 )
Interest and other income, net 369 357 1,021 1,068 2,998
Total non-operating income (expense) 369 357 (1,001 ) 1,068 (9,499 )
Loss before income taxes (5,517 ) (9,013 ) (31,092 ) (23,137 ) (42,100 )
Benefit from income taxes (3,104 ) (2,893 ) (1,834 ) (9,074 ) (5,975 )
Net loss $ (2,413 ) $ (6,120 ) $ (29,258 ) $ (14,063 ) $ (36,125 )
Net loss per share - basic $ (0.09 ) $ (0.22 ) $ (1.08 ) $ (0.51 ) $ (1.33 )
Net loss per share - diluted $ (0.09 ) $ (0.22 ) $ (1.08 ) $ (0.51 ) $ (1.33 )












































































Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Financial Position As Of: Jan 2, 2010 Sep 26, 2009 Mar 28, 2009
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 52,642 $ 85,291 $ 153,538
Restricted cash 10,824 2,400 -
Short-term investments 99,287 66,760 2,380
Total cash, restricted cash and investments 162,753 154,451 155,918
Trade receivables, net 22,436 22,054 18,847
Inventories 78,610 77,215 84,882
Shipped systems pending acceptance 1,858 3,876 2,072
Deferred income taxes, net 8,746 6,497 6,298
Other current assets 12,947 11,246 10,594
Total current assets 287,350 275,339 278,611
Auction rate securities 7,007 8,555 6,007
Property, plant and equipment, net 40,027 41,108 43,005
Non-current deferred income taxes, net 31,346 28,765 22,620
Acquired intangible assets, net 8,785 8,883 9,972
Other assets 13,305 20,334 24,032
Total assets $ 387,820 $ 382,984 $ 384,247
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 11,388 $ 7,981 $ 7,492
Accrued liabilities 21,046 13,216 12,958
Deferred revenue 7,327 12,490 11,251
Total current liabilities 39,761 33,687 31,701
Non-current income taxes payable 8,793 9,352 9,023
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred and common stock 140,274 138,189 133,808
Retained earnings 197,408 199,821 211,085
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 1,584 1,935 (1,370 )
Total shareholders' equity 339,266 339,945 343,523
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 387,820 $ 382,984 $ 384,247
End of period shares outstanding 27,565 27,427 27,184








































































Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Analysis of Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results
(Dollars and shares in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Fiscal quarter ended Three fiscal quarters ended
Jan 2, 2010 Sep 26, 2009 Dec 27, 2008 Jan 2, 2010 Dec 27, 2008
Sales detail:
Semiconductor Group $ 9,906 $ 7,714 $ 5,534 $ 22,880 $ 39,782
Passive Components Group 10,344 6,098 4,557 21,592 24,551
Interconnect Micro-Machining Group 18,798 13,826 15,527 44,817 74,919
Total $ 39,048 $ 27,638 $ 25,618 $ 89,289 $ 139,252
Gross margin % 38 % 34 % 29 % 34 % 39 %
Selling, service and administration expense % 31 % 41 % 47 % 39 % 29 %
Research, development and engineering expense % 23 % 27 % 31 % 27 % 19 %
Operating loss % (15 %) (34 %) (117 %) (27 %) (23 %)
Effective tax rate % 56 % 32 % 6 % 39 % 14 %
Average shares outstanding - basic 27,517 27,356 27,040 27,394 27,061
Average shares outstanding - diluted 27,517 27,356 27,040 27,394 27,061
End of period employees 573 569 654 573 654




















































































































































Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
Fiscal quarter ended Three fiscal quarters ended
Jan 2, 2010 Sep 26, 2009 Dec 27, 2008 Jan 2, 2010 Dec 27, 2008
Gross profit per GAAP $ 14,817 $ 9,426 $ 7,418 $ 30,204 $ 53,781
Add back:
Purchase accounting included in cost of sales 288 289 289 866 868
Equity compensation included in cost of sales 252 350 170 817 599
Total non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 540 639 459 1,683 1,467
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 15,357 $ 10,065 $ 7,877 $ 31,887 $ 55,248
Non-GAAP gross margin 39.3 % 36.4 % 30.7 % 35.7 % 39.7 %
Operating expenses per GAAP $ 20,703 $ 18,796 $ 37,509 $ 54,409 $ 86,382
Less:
Purchase accounting included in operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 190 198 221 831 950
Research, development and engineering 36 36 - 98 (19 )
Subtotal - purchase accounting included in operating expenses 226 234 221 929 931
Equity compensation included in operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 1,030 1,460 618 4,268 2,169
Research, development and engineering 370 337 18 1,021 618
Subtotal - equity compensation included in operating expenses 1,400 1,797 636 5,289 2,787
Other items included in operating expenses:
Net merger termination proceeds - - - (4,516 ) -
Goodwill impairment charge - - 17,396 - 17,396
Restructuring costs - - 112 - 2,035
Subtotal - other non-recurring items included in operating expenses - - 17,508 (4,516 ) 19,431
Total non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,626 2,031 18,365 1,702 23,149
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 19,077 $ 16,765 $19,144 $ 52,707 $ 63,233
Operating loss per GAAP $ (5,886 ) $ (9,370 ) $ (30,091 ) $ (24,205 ) $ (32,601 )
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 540 639 459 1,683 1,467
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,626 2,031 18,365 1,702 23,149
Non-GAAP operating loss $ (3,720 ) $ (6,700 ) $ (11,267 ) $ (20,820 ) $(7,985 )
Non-operating income (expense), net per GAAP $ 369 $ 357 $ (1,001 ) $ 1,068 $ (9,499 )
Non-GAAP adjustment for impairment of auction rate securities - - 2,022 - 12,497
Non-GAAP non-operating income $ 369 $ 357 $ 1,021 $ 1,068 $ 2,998
Net loss per GAAP $ (2,413 ) $ (6,120 ) $ (29,258 ) $ (14,063 ) $ (36,125 )
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 540 639 459 1,683 1,467
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 1,626 2,031 18,365 1,702 23,149
Non-GAAP adjustments to non-operating expense - - 2,022 - 12,497
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (641 ) (406 ) 2,636 (264 ) (3,005 )
Non-GAAP net loss $ (888 ) $ (3,856 ) $ (5,776 ) $(10,942 ) $ (2,017 )
Basic Non-GAAP net loss per share $ (0.03 ) $ (0.14 ) $ (0.21 ) $(0.40 ) $ (0.07 )
Diluted Non-GAAP net loss per share $ (0.03 ) $ (0.14 ) $ (0.21 ) $(0.40 ) $ (0.07 )


























Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows:
Fiscal quarter ended Three fiscal quarters ended
Jan 2, 2010 Sep 26, 2009 Dec 27, 2008 Jan 2, 2010 Dec 27, 2008
Net loss $ (2,413 ) $ (6,120 ) $ (29,258 ) $ (14,063 ) $ (36,125 )
Non-cash adjustments and changes in operating activities 3,337 4,942 38,117 12,898 60,857
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES 924 (1,178 ) 8,859 (1,165 ) 24,732
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES (33,964 ) (38,477 ) (16,730 ) (101,158 ) (21,451 )
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES 433 97 496 317 (2,357 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (42 ) 375 (877 ) 1,110 (3,192 )
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (32,649 ) (39,183 ) (8,252 ) (100,896 ) (2,268 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 85,291 124,474 147,043 153,538 141,059
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 52,642 $ 85,291 $ 138,791 $ 52,642 $ 138,791

SOURCE: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

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