SOURCE: Photronics, Inc.

Photronics, Inc.

November 29, 2017 06:00 ET

Photronics Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

BROOKFIELD, CT--(Marketwired - November 29, 2017) -

  • Fourth quarter fiscal 2017 revenue was $121.0 million, up 8% sequentially and 13% year-over-year
  • Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $5.4 million ($0.08 per diluted share)
  • Capital expenditures of $53 million led to cash of $308 million at year end; balance sheet remains strong while funding strategic growth initiatives
  • First quarter fiscal 2018 guidance: revenue between $110 and $118 million with diluted EPS between $0.02 and $0.09

Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB), a worldwide leader in supplying innovative imaging technology solutions for the global electronics industry, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter ended October 29, 2017.

Fourth quarter revenue was $121.0 million, increases of 8% sequentially and 13% compared with last year. Integrated circuit (IC) revenue was $96.1 million, up 13% sequentially and 17% compared with last year. Flat panel display (FPD) revenue was $24.9 million, decreases of 6% sequentially and 1% compared with last year.

Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $5.4 million ($0.08 per diluted share), compared with $4.0 million ($0.06 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2017 and $5.3 million ($0.08 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2016. The results for fourth quarter 2016 included a non-recurring tax benefit of $1.8 million ($0.03 per diluted share).

"Revenue improved this quarter on the strength of high-end mask sales, particularly in IC where high-end memory continued the positive trend of the last four quarters, and high-end logic advanced on growing Asia foundry 28 nm demand," said Peter Kirlin, chief executive officer. "High-end FPD also improved due in part to continued growth in demand for AMOLED in China. Operating margin improved to 10.3% due to our operating leverage and effective cost control. Continued strong cash generation supports our ability to fund planned investments, including the two China projects. The capex forecast of approximately $250 million in 2018 will be the most the Company has spent in one year. We believe the China investments, when complete and fully operational, will provide attractive returns and will make significant contributions to revenue and profit growth."

Full Year Results

Full year revenue in fiscal 2017 was $450.7 million, 7% less than fiscal 2016 full-year revenue. Revenue from IC photomasks of $350.3 million was 4% less than prior year, and FPD revenue was $100.4 million, 16% less than prior year FPD revenue.

Full year net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $13.1 million in fiscal 2017 ($0.19 per diluted share), compared with $46.2 million ($0.64 per diluted share) in 2016. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders was $13.1 million in fiscal 2017 ($0.19 per diluted share), compared with $32.6 million ($0.47 per diluted share) in fiscal 2016.

First Quarter 2018 Guidance

Kirlin continued, "For fiscal 2018 first quarter, underlying high-end IC demand drivers still appear healthy, potentially tempered by anticipated seasonal softness. We expect high-end FPD demand to remain flat. Our cash balance will likely decrease during the quarter as we ramp up investments for the China expansion. For the first quarter of fiscal 2018, Photronics expects revenues to be between $110 million and $118 million, and net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders to be between $0.02 and $0.09 per diluted share."

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss these results is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The call can be accessed by logging onto Photronics' web site at www.photronics.com. The live dial-in number is (877) 377-7095 or (408) 774-4601 outside of the United States and Canada. The call will be archived on Photronics' web site for instant replay access.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders, non-GAAP earnings per share, and non-GAAP EBITDA are "non-GAAP financial measures" as such term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The attached financial supplement reconciles Photronics, Inc.'s financial results under GAAP to non-GAAP financial information. Photronics, Inc. believes these non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain non-cash or non-recurring income or expense items are useful for analysts and investors to evaluate Photronics, Inc.'s future on-going performance because they enable a more meaningful comparison of Photronics, Inc.'s projected earnings and performance with its historical results of prior periods. These non-GAAP metrics are not intended to represent funds available for Photronics, Inc.'s discretionary use and are not intended to represent, or be used as a substitute for, operating income, net income or cash flows from operations data as measured under GAAP. The items excluded from these non-GAAP metrics, but included in the calculation of their closest GAAP equivalent, are significant components of the condensed consolidated statements of income and must be considered in performing a comprehensive assessment of overall financial performance. Non-GAAP financial information is adjusted for the following items:

  • Non-recurring tax benefit in fiscal 2016 related to the recognition of certain tax benefits in Taiwan that were determined to be realizable in filings for future tax periods
  • Non-recurring net gain on sale of investment in fiscal 2016
  • Interest expense, income tax expense/(benefit), depreciation and amortization, and other items are added to GAAP net income to derive non-GAAP EBITDA

About Photronics

Photronics is a leading worldwide manufacturer of photomasks. Photomasks are high precision quartz plates that contain microscopic images of electronic circuits. A key element in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays, photomasks are used to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers and flat panel display substrates during the fabrication of integrated circuits, a variety of flat panel displays and, to a lesser extent, other types of electrical and optical components. They are produced in accordance with product designs provided by customers at strategically located manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Additional information on the Company can be accessed at www.photronics.com

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Photronics, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the Company). The forward-looking statements contained in this press release and other parts of Photronics' web site involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company's operations, markets, products, services, prices, and other factors. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic, competitive, legal, governmental, and technological factors as well as decisions we may make in the future regarding our business, capital structure and other matters. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "projects", and similar expressions. Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company's expectations will be realized. For a fuller discussion of the factors that may affect the Company's operations, see "Forward Looking Statements" in the Company's Quarterly and Annual Reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-Q and 10-K. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements.

  
PHOTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income  
(in thousands, except per share amounts)  
(Unaudited)  
   
           
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended  
  October 29,   July 30,   October 30,   October 29,   October 30,  
  2017   2017   2016   2017   2016  
                          
Revenue $120,971   $111,579   $107,368   $450,678   $483,456  
                          
Cost of goods sold  (94,529 )  (89,862 )  (86,835 )  (359,363 )  (364,750 )
                          
  Gross profit  26,442    21,717    20,533    91,315    118,706  
                          
Operating Expenses:                         
                          
 Selling, general and administrative  (10,182 )  (11,639 )  (10,191 )  (43,585 )  (44,577 )
                          
 Research and development  (3,838 )  (4,812 )  (5,041 )  (15,862 )  (21,654 )
                          
Total Operating Expenses  (14,020 )  (16,451 )  (15,232 )  (59,447 )  (66,231 )
                          
  Operating income  12,422    5,266    5,301    31,868    52,475  
                          
Gain on sale of investment  -    -    -    -    8,940  
                          
Other income (expense), net  536    (134 )  (69 )  (5,303 )  (941 )
                          
  Income before income taxes  12,958    5,132    5,232    26,565    60,474  
                          
Income tax (provision) benefit  (2,462 )  (333 )  1,337    (5,276 )  (4,798 )
                          
  Net income  10,496    4,799    6,569    21,289    55,676  
                          
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  (5,110 )  (798 )  (1,313 )  (8,159 )  (9,476 )
                          
Net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders $5,386   $4,001   $5,256   $13,130   $46,200  
                          
Earnings per share:                         
  Basic $0.08   $0.06   $0.08   $0.19   $0.68  
                          
  Diluted $0.08   $0.06   $0.08   $0.19   $0.64  
                          
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:                         
  Basic  68,615    68,525    68,025    68,436    67,539  
                          
  Diluted  69,218    69,380    68,906    69,288    76,354  
 
 
PHOTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
      
  October 29,  October 30,
  2017  2016
        
Assets       
        
Current assets:       
 Cash and cash equivalents $308,021  $314,074
 Accounts receivable  105,320   92,636
 Inventories  23,703   22,081
 Other current assets  12,080   12,795
        
  Total current assets  449,124   441,586
        
Property, plant and equipment, net  535,197   506,434
Intangible assets, net  17,122   19,854
Other assets  19,351   20,114
        
Total assets $1,020,794  $987,988
        
        
        
Liabilities and Equity       
        
Current liabilities:       
 Current portion of long-term borrowings $4,639  $5,428
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  77,137   75,889
        
  Total current liabilities  81,776   81,317
        
Long-term borrowings  57,337   61,860
Other liabilities  16,386   19,337
        
Photronics, Inc. shareholders' equity  744,564   710,363
Noncontrolling interests  120,731   115,111
  Total equity  865,295   825,474
        
Total liabilities and equity $1,020,794  $987,988
  
  
PHOTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
(in thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
          
          
   Year Ended  
   October 29,   October 30,  
   2017   2016  
            
Cash flows from operating activities:           
 Net income  $21,289   $55,676  
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:           
  Depreciation and amortization   86,573    82,406  
  Gain on sale of investment   -    (8,940 )
  Changes in assets, liabilities and other   (11,029 )  (7,005 )
            
Net cash provided by operating activities   96,833    122,137  
            
Cash flows from investing activities:           
  Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (91,965 )  (50,147 )
  Acquisition of Business   (5,400 )  -  
  Proceeds from sale of investments   167    101,853  
  Other   (868 )  584  
            
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities   (98,066 )  52,290  
            
Cash flows from financing activities:           
  Repayments of long-term borrowings   (5,428 )  (57,609 )
  Payments to noncontrolling interests   (8,298 )  (12,856 )
  Proceeds from share-based arrangements   2,830    3,463  
  Other   (32 )  (20 )
            
Net cash used in financing activities   (10,928 )  (67,022 )
            
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   6,108    802  
            
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (6,053 )  108,207  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   314,074    205,867  
            
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $308,021   $314,074  
  
  
PHOTRONICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Non-GAAP Financial Measures  
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
(Unaudited)  
                  
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended  
  October 29,  July 30,  October 30,   October 29,  October 30,  
  2017  2017  2016   2017  2016  
                       
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income                      
Attributable to Photronics, Inc. Shareholders and EPS data                      
                       
GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders $5,386  $4,001  $5,256   $13,130  $46,200  
 Income tax benefit (a)  -   -   (1,834 )  -   (4,838 )
 Gain on sale of investment, net of tax (b)  -   -   -    -   (8,753 )
                       
Non-GAAP net income attributable to Photronics, Inc. shareholders $5,386  $4,001  $3,422   $13,130  $32,609  
                       
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding                      
                       
 GAAP  69,218   69,380   68,906    69,288   76,354  
                       
 Non-GAAP  69,218   69,380   68,906    69,288   76,354  
                       
Net income per diluted share                      
                       
 GAAP $0.08  $0.06  $0.08   $0.19  $0.64  
                       
 Non-GAAP $0.08  $0.06  $0.05   $0.19  $0.47  
                       
                       
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP EBITDA                      
                       
GAAP Net Income (c) $10,496  $4,799  $6,569   $21,289  $55,676  
 Interest expense  578   550   616    2,235   3,366  
 Income tax expense  2,462   333   (1,337 )  5,276   4,798  
 Depreciation and amortization  22,492   21,840   22,304    86,573   82,406  
 Other items (d)  785   984   980    3,627   3,828  
                       
Non-GAAP EBITDA $36,813  $28,506  $29,132   $119,000  $150,074  
                       
                       
  
Notes:
(a)Represents tax benefit primarily related to the recognition of prior period tax benefits and other tax positions no longer deemed necessary in Taiwan
(b)Represents gain on sale of investment in a foreign entity
(c)Includes net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, and in 2016 includes gain on sale of investment in a foreign entity
(d)Consists of stock compensation expense

Contact Information

  • For Further Information:
    R. Troy Dewar, CFA
    Director, Investor Relations
    (203) 740-5610
    tdewar@photronics.com