AXT, Inc.

October 30, 2013 16:05 ET

AXT, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Q3 FY 2013 Net Revenue: $20.5 Million

Q3 FY 2013 GAAP Net Loss: $(2.3) Million; $(0.07) per Share

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2013) - AXT, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXTI), a leading manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Results
Revenue for the third quarter of 2013 was $20.5 million compared with $23.8 million in the second quarter of 2013. Total gallium arsenide (GaAs) substrate revenue was $9.0 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $10.7 million in the second quarter of 2013. Indium phosphide (InP) substrate revenue was $1.4 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $2.0 million in the second quarter of 2013. Germanium (Ge) substrate revenue was $5.5 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2013. Raw materials sales were $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $5.8 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Gross margin was 11.9 percent of revenue for the third quarter of 2013, compared with 12.9 percent of revenue in the second quarter of 2013.

Operating expenses were $5.1 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared with $5.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Loss from operations for the third quarter of 2013 was $2.6 million compared with loss from operations of $2.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. 

Net interest and other income for the third quarter was $354,000, which was mainly attributable to $346,000 from equity earnings of the company's unconsolidated joint ventures, partially offset by $67,000 foreign exchange losses. This compares with net interest and other income of $902,000 in the second quarter, which was mainly attributable to an $811,000 gain on the sale of a minority investment in a privately-held company, $471,000 equity earnings of the company's unconsolidated joint ventures, $105,000 from other joint venture income and dividend income, partially offset by $304,000 foreign exchange losses and $229,000 withholding tax in China on dividends declared by AXT's consolidated joint ventures.

Net loss in the third quarter of 2013 was $2.3 million or $0.07 per diluted share compared with net loss of $2.0 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013. 

Management Qualitative Comments
"This has been a challenging year," said Morris Young, chief executive officer. "The market for wireless devices has undergone significant transition with consolidation and new technologies, but as we near the end of the year, we are getting more clarity on the landscape and opportunity and are executing on a strategy for growth. The semiconducting gallium arsenide market is poised for a turnaround. In addition, we are seeing exciting opportunities in both the indium phosphide and germanium substrate markets. We continue to take a conservative approach to the planning and management of our business, working diligently to control expenses and maximize our cash. But we remain cautiously optimistic about our prospects for the coming year and believe that we are doing the right things to take advantage of business opportunities in our key markets." 

Conference Call
The company will also host a conference call to discuss these results on Oct. 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. PDT. The conference call can be accessed at (719) 457-1035 (passcode 1570385). The call will also be simulcast on the Internet at Replays will be available at (719) 457-0820 (passcode 1570385) until Nov 6, 2013. Financial and statistical information to be discussed in the call will be available on the company's website immediately prior to commencement of the call. Additional investor information can be accessed at or by calling the company's Investor Relations Department at (510) 683-5900.

AXT will provide highlights of its third quarter results on today's conference call, but investors can find the full financial summary on the investor relations portion of the company's website at

About AXT, Inc.
AXT designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance compound and single element semiconductor substrates comprising gallium arsenide (GaAs), indium phosphide (InP) and germanium (Ge) through its manufacturing facilities in Beijing, China. In addition, AXT maintains its sales, administration and customer service functions at its headquarters in Fremont, California. The company's substrate products are used primarily in lighting display applications, wireless communications, fiber optic communications and solar cell. Its vertical gradient freeze (VGF) technique for manufacturing semiconductor substrates provides significant benefits over other methods and enabled AXT to become a leading manufacturer of such substrates. AXT has manufacturing facilities in China and invests in joint ventures in China producing raw materials. For more information, see AXT's website at

Safe Harbor Statement
The foregoing paragraphs contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal Securities laws, including statements regarding the market demand for our products, our market opportunity, our business planning and management approach and our expectations with respect to our business prospects. These forward-looking statements are based upon specific assumptions that are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the company's operations and business environment, which could cause actual results of the company to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements contained in the foregoing discussion. These uncertainties and factors include but are not limited to: overall conditions in the markets in which the company competes; global financial conditions and uncertainties; market acceptance and demand for the company's products; the impact of factory closures or other events causing delays by our customers on the timing of sales of our products; and other factors as set forth in the company's annual report on Form 10-K and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each of these factors is difficult to predict and many are beyond the company's control. The company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)  
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Revenue   $ 20,521     $ 20,808     $ 66,732     $ 69,447  
Cost of revenue     18,075       15,342       57,717       48,279  
Gross profit     2,446       5,466       9,015       21,168  
Operating expenses:                                
  Selling, general and administrative     4,303       3,950       12,435       11,709  
  Research and development     766       844       2,627       2,593  
    Total operating expenses     5,069       4,794       15,062       14,302  
Income (loss) from operations     (2,623 )     672       (6,047 )     6,866  
Interest income, net     55       52       136       202  
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures     346       348       1,099       786  
Other income (expense), net     (47 )     144       (491 )     (472 )
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes     (2,269 )     1,216       (5,303 )     7,382  
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     (204 )     (228 )     322       559  
Net income (loss)     (2,065 )     1,444       (5,625 )     6,823  
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest     (230 )     (512 )     (1,105 )     (2,957 )
Net income (loss) attributable to AXT, Inc.   $ (2,295 )   $ 932     $ (6,730 )   $ 3,866  
Net income (loss) attributable to AXT, Inc. per common share:                                
  Basic   $ (0.07 )   $ 0.03     $ (0.21 )   $ 0.12  
  Diluted   $ (0.07 )   $ 0.03     $ (0.21 )   $ 0.11  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                                
  Basic     32,366       32,183       32,407       32,118  
  Diluted     32,366       32,769       32,407       32,911  
(Unaudited, in thousands)  
    September 30,     December 31,  
    2013     2012  
Current assets                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 27,723     $ 30,634  
  Short-term investments     8,412       10,270  
  Accounts receivable, net     16,266       17,912  
  Inventories     38,376       40,352  
  Related party notes receivable - current     2,517       2,036  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     7,412       5,268  
    Total current assets     100,706       106,472  
Long-term investments     12,287       9,191  
Property, plant and equipment, net     37,450       37,235  
Related party notes receivable - long-term     -       416  
Other assets     14,830       14,275  
    Total assets   $ 165,273     $ 167,589  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity:                
Current liabilities                
  Accounts payable   $ 8,596     $ 5,894  
  Accrued liabilities     9,208       7,202  
    Total current liabilities     17,804       13,096  
Long-term portion of royalty payments     2,725       3,325  
Other long-term liabilities     155       254  
    Total liabilities     20,684       16,675  
Stockholders' equity:                
  Preferred stock     3,532       3,532  
  Common stock     32       32  
  Additional paid-in capital     194,058       193,063  
  Accumulated deficit     (65,777 )     (59,047 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income     6,988       6,033  
    Total AXT, Inc. stockholders' equity     138,833       143,613  
  Noncontrolling interest     5,756       7,301  
    Total stockholders' equity     144,589       150,914  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 165,273     $ 167,589  

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Morris S. Young
    Chief Executive Officer
    (510) 683-5900

    Leslie Green
    Green Communications Consulting, LLC
    (650) 312-9060