Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
May 10, 2012

ESI Announces Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results

Orders Increased 55% Sequentially

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 2012 fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2012. Financial measures are provided on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, which excludes the impact of purchase accounting, equity compensation, restructuring charges, and non-recurring items.

Revenue in the fourth quarter was $45.5 million, compared to $49.8 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $71.6 million in the fourth quarter of last fiscal year. On a GAAP basis, net loss was $7.7 million or $0.26 per share, and included $6.1 million of restructuring and non-recurring charges, compared to a loss of $1.9 million or $0.07 per share in the prior quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, fourth quarter net loss was $1.9 million or $0.06 per share, compared to net income of $0.5 million or $0.02 per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 and income of $6.5 million or $0.22 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

"Our fourth quarter results met our expectations, as we introduced new microfabrication products and capability, were disciplined in our spending, and made progress on our growth initiatives," stated Nick Konidaris, president and CEO of ESI. "During the quarter we improved operational efficiency by focusing our resources and further implementing our ongoing globalization strategy."

Orders for the fourth quarter increased to $70.3 million, compared to $45.4 million in the prior quarter. Konidaris continued, "Strong demand for our flex interconnect and advanced microfabrication products led to 55% sequential orders growth, despite continued overcapacity in the LED, DRAM, and component test markets."

GAAP gross margin was 37.0%, down from 42.5% last quarter due to $2.0 million of non-recurring charges for inventory write-off in cost of goods sold and lower sales volume. Non-GAAP gross margin was 42.6% compared to 43.7% in the prior quarter. Operating expenses increased sequentially by $2.0 million due to approximately $4.1 million in restructuring and other non-recurring charges. Non-GAAP operating expenses decreased by $0.8 million to $21.5 million reflecting the impact of cost control measures. Non-GAAP operating loss was $2.1 million compared to a loss of $0.5 million in the third quarter.

Full Year Fiscal 2012 Results

Fiscal 2012 revenue was $254 million, down 1% compared to $257 million in fiscal 2011. On a GAAP basis, fiscal 2012 net income was $4.9 million or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $7.9 million or $0.28 per diluted share in the prior year. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $15.8 million or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to income of $16.0 million or $0.56 per diluted share in 2011. Konidaris added, "Fiscal 2012 was a tale of two halves. In the first half strong markets drove excellent revenue growth. In the second half we felt the impact of an uncertain economic environment and overcapacity in several of our markets. At the same time, our interconnect and microfabrication business remained robust throughout the year. Plus, as we announced new products and technologies we increased our exposure to long-term growth markets such as LED and 3D semiconductor. Looking to fiscal 2013, we expect to see gradual improvement in capital spending on LED, DRAM and passive component capacity."

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At quarter end, cash and investments including restricted cash fell by $5.7 million from the previous quarter to $222 million. Inventories decreased by $4.6 million and receivables increased by $7.0 million, yielding a DSO of 66 days. The company used $2.6 million in operating cash during the quarter. For the fiscal year, operating cash flow was $14.3 million and total cash and investments increased $17.2 million.

Dividend

On May 10, 2012 the Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on June 18, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 4, 2012.

First Quarter 2013 Outlook

Based on recent order levels, ESI expects revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 to be in the mid-to-high $50 million range. Non-GAAP earnings per share is expected to be $0.02 to $0.04.

Konidaris concluded, "As we enter our fiscal 2013, utilization is expected to improve gradually over the next several quarters, but it is unknown when meaningful spending on capacity additions will begin. During this coming year we will build on the strong performance in interconnect and microfabrication and focus on qualifying our new products with our customers. We are a leaner ESI and are more focused on addressing the most promising applications for growth."

The company will hold a conference call today at 5:30 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 888-482-0024 (domestic participants) or 617-801-9702 (international participants). The conference ID number is 64929630. A live audio webcast can be accessed at www.esi.com. Upon completion of the call, an audio replay will be accessible through May 20, 2012, at 888-286-8010 (domestic participants) or 617-801-6888 (international participants), passcode 52128091. 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 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 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, 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, 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 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; 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.
         
Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Results
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Fiscal quarter ended Fiscal year ended
Operating Results: Mar 31, 2012 Dec 31, 2011 Apr 2, 2011 Mar 31, 2012 Apr 2, 2011
Net sales $ 45,492 $ 49,807 $ 71,577 $ 254,229 $ 256,811
Cost of sales   28,663     28,646     40,129     146,538     147,862
Gross profit 16,829 21,161 31,448 107,691 108,949
Operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 13,231 13,944 15,199 58,555 58,262
Research, development and engineering 10,184 10,480 10,457 42,640 41,095
Restructuring costs 2,924 861 (30 ) 3,785 797
Loss on disposal of assets 966 - - 966 -
Legal settlement costs   -     -     56     550     1,367
Net operating expenses   27,305     25,285     25,682     106,496     101,521
Operating (loss) income (10,476 ) (4,124 ) 5,766 1,195 7,428
Non-operating income (expense):
Gain on sale of previously impaired auction rate securities - - 708 2,729 708
Interest and other income (expense), net   59     47     (18 )   (437 )   188
Total non-operating income   59     47     690     2,292     896
(Loss) income before income taxes (10,417 ) (4,077 ) 6,456 3,487 8,324
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes   (2,752 )   (2,196 )   463     (1,417 )   390
Net (loss) income $ (7,665 ) $ (1,881 ) $ 5,993   $ 4,904   $ 7,934
 
Net (loss) income per share - basic $ (0.26 ) $ (0.07 ) $ 0.21   $ 0.17   $ 0.28
 
Net (loss) income per share - diluted $ (0.26 ) $ (0.07 ) $ 0.21   $ 0.17   $ 0.28
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
       
Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Results
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Financial Position As Of: Mar 31, 2012 Dec 31, 2011 Apr 2, 2011
 
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 69,780 $ 67,557 $ 116,412
Restricted cash 22,269 22,269 10,769
Short-term investments   106,674   124,738   69,245
Total cash, restricted cash and investments 198,723 214,564 196,426
 
Trade receivables, net 32,744 25,707 44,100
Inventories 68,055 72,631 65,362
Shipped systems pending acceptance 1,360 1,239 5,289
Deferred income taxes, net 10,021 11,985 9,892
Other current assets   4,060   3,942   6,784
Total current assets 314,963 330,068 327,853
 
Non-current assets:
Non-current investments 23,046 12,867 8,097
Auction rate securities - - 5,166
Property, plant and equipment, net 32,103 36,159 39,661
Non-current deferred income taxes, net 36,489 30,849 30,822
Goodwill 4,014 4,014 4,014
Acquired intangible assets, net 8,332 8,745 10,035
Other assets   14,263   12,661   14,519
Total assets $ 433,210 $ 435,363 $ 440,167
 
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 13,045 $ 11,062 $ 18,650
Accrued liabilities 21,635 21,912 33,425
Deferred revenue   10,751   8,384   16,039
Total current liabilities 45,431 41,358 68,114
 
Non-current income taxes payable 9,109 10,102 9,754
 
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred and common stock 168,143 165,557 153,189
Retained earnings 210,021 217,678 207,420
Accumulated other comprehensive income   506   668   1,690
Total shareholders' equity   378,670   383,903   362,299
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 433,210 $ 435,363 $ 440,167
 
 
End of period shares outstanding   28,970   28,887   28,299
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
         
Analysis of Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Results
(Dollars and shares in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Fiscal quarter ended Fiscal year ended
Mar 31, 2012 Dec 31, 2011 Apr 2, 2011 Mar 31, 2012 Apr 2, 2011
Sales detail:
 
Interconnect/ Microfabrication Group $ 31,720 $ 35,318 $ 40,407 $ 166,477 $ 123,888
 
Semiconductor Group 8,145 8,435 16,848 58,776 78,739
 
Components Group   5,627     6,054     14,322     28,976     54,184  
 
Total $ 45,492   $ 49,807   $ 71,577   $ 254,229   $ 256,811  
 
 
 
 
Gross margin % 37 % 42 % 44 % 42 % 42 %
 
Selling, service and administration expense % 29 % 28 % 21 % 23 % 23 %
 
Research, development and engineering expense % 22 % 21 % 15 % 17 % 16 %
 
Operating (loss) income % (23 %) (8 %) 8 % 0 % 3 %
 
Effective tax rate % 26 % 54 % 7 % (41 %) 5 %
 
Average shares outstanding - basic 28,931 28,849 28,245 28,749 28,045
 
Average shares outstanding - diluted 28,931 28,849 28,956 29,461 28,608
 
End of period employees 627 655 648 627 648
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
         
Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Results
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
Fiscal quarter ended Fiscal year ended
Mar 31, 2012 Dec 31, 2011 Apr 2, 2011 Mar 31, 2012 Apr 2, 2011
 
Net sales $ 45,492 $ 49,807 $ 71,577 $ 254,229 $ 256,811
Gross profit per GAAP $ 16,829 $ 21,161 $ 31,448 $ 107,691 $ 108,949
Add back:
Purchase accounting included in cost of sales 289 289 289 1,156 1,157
Equity compensation included in cost of sales 259 302 256 1,118 1,084
Non-recurring charges for inventory write-off   1,982     -     -     1,982     -  
Total non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit   2,530     591     545     4,256     2,241  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 19,359   $ 21,752   $ 31,993   $ 111,947   $ 111,190  
Non-GAAP gross margin   42.6 %   43.7 %   44.7 %   44.0 %   43.3 %
 
Operating expenses per GAAP $ 27,305 $ 25,285 $ 25,682 $ 106,496 $ 101,521
Less:
Purchase accounting included in operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 64 64 112 314 576
Research, development and engineering   47     47     58     188     166  
Subtotal - purchase accounting included in operating expenses   111     111     170     502     742  
Equity compensation included in operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration 1,150 1,557 1,412 8,244 6,688
Research, development and engineering   496     534     358     2,113     1,554  
Subtotal - equity compensation included in operating expenses   1,646     2,091     1,770     10,357     8,242  
Acquisition related settlement proceeds included in operating expenses:
Selling, service and administration   -     -     -     -     (592 )
Subtotal - acquisition related settlement proceeds included in operating expenses   -     -     -     -     (592 )
Other non-recurring items included in operating expenses:
Restructuring costs 2,924 861 (30 ) 3,785 797
Non-recurring charges for loss on disposal of assets 966 - - 966 -
Non-recurring charges for engineering material write-off 199 - - 199 -
Legal settlement costs   -     -     56     550     1,367  
Subtotal - other non-recurring items included in operating expenses   4,089     861     26     5,500     2,164  
Total non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses   5,846     3,063     1,966     16,359     10,556  
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 21,459   $ 22,222   $ 23,716   $ 90,137   $ 90,965  
% of Net sales 47 % 45 % 33 % 35 % 35 %
 
Operating (loss) income per GAAP $ (10,476 ) $ (4,124 ) $ 5,766 $ 1,195 $ 7,428
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 2,530 591 545 4,256 2,241
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses   5,846     3,063     1,966     16,359     10,556  
Non-GAAP operating (loss) income $ (2,100 ) $ (470 ) $ 8,277   $ 21,810   $ 20,225  
% of Net sales (5 %) (1 %) 12 % 9 % 8 %
 
Non-operating income (expense), net per GAAP $ 59 $ 47 $ 690 $ 2,292 $ 896
Non-GAAP adjustment for gain on sale of previously impaired auction rate securities - - (708 ) (2,729 ) (708 )
Non-GAAP adjustment for other litigation related costs   -     -     -     59     -  
Non-GAAP non-operating income (expense) $ 59   $ 47   $ (18 ) $ (378 ) $ 188  
 
Net (loss) income per GAAP $ (7,665 ) $ (1,881 ) $ 5,993 $ 4,904 $ 7,934
Non-GAAP adjustments to gross profit 2,530 591 545 4,256 2,241
Non-GAAP adjustments to operating expenses 5,846 3,063 1,966 16,359 10,556
Non-GAAP adjustments to non-operating expenses - - (708 ) (2,670 ) (708 )
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments   (2,565 )   (1,269 )   (1,329 )   (6,999 )   (4,025 )
Non-GAAP net (loss) income $ (1,854 ) $ 504   $ 6,467   $ 15,850   $ 15,998  
% of Net sales (4 %) 1 % 9 % 6 % 6 %
 
Basic Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share $ (0.06 ) $ 0.02   $ 0.23   $ 0.55   $ 0.57  
 
Diluted Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share $ (0.06 ) $ 0.02   $ 0.22   $ 0.54   $ 0.56  
 
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
               
Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Results
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows:
 
Fiscal quarter ended Fiscal year ended
Mar 31, 2012 Dec 31, 2011

Apr 2, 2011

Mar 31, 2012 Apr 2, 2011
 
Net (loss) income $ (7,665 ) $ (1,881 ) $ 5,993 $ 4,904 $ 7,934
Non-cash adjustments and changes in operating activities   5,034     3,289     23,347     9,409     42,656
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES (2,631 ) 1,408 29,340 14,313 50,590
 
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES 6,857 (18,792 ) 39,405 (62,471 ) 23,952
 
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES (1,622 ) 659 730 1,242 1,511
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (381 ) 139 (124 ) 284 1,024
         
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 2,223 (16,586 ) 69,351 (46,632 ) 77,077
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD   67,557     84,143     47,061     116,412     39,335
 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 69,780   $ 67,557   $ 116,412   $ 69,780   $ 116,412

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

Source: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

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