SOURCE: STATS ChipPAC

STATS ChipPAC

January 29, 2014 04:31 ET

STATS ChipPAC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

SINGAPORE--29 JANUARY 2014, UNITED STATES--(Marketwired - Jan 29, 2014) - STATS ChipPAC Ltd. ("STATS ChipPAC" or the "Company") (SGX-ST: STATSChP) (SGX: S24), a leading provider of advanced semiconductor packaging and test services, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

Tan Lay Koon, President and Chief Executive Officer of STATS ChipPAC, said, "Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 decreased 1.4% sequentially to $395.0 million. We saw strength in demand from our wireless communication customers in the emerging market chipset space and new product ramps in the global handset space offset by seasonal weakness in the computing and consumer markets."

Revenue for the fourth quarter and full year 2013 decreased by 17.8% and 6.1% from the fourth quarter and full year 2012 respectively. Excluding the benefit of an extra week last year, revenue decrease in the fourth quarter and full year 2013 was 11.4% and 4.2% respectively.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 12.0% compared to 14.2% in the prior quarter and 18.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012, mainly due to the lower fourth quarter 2013 revenue. Operating margin(1) for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 2.8% of revenue, compared to 5.3% in the prior quarter and 4.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $6.1 million compared to net income of $13.3 million in the prior quarter and net income of $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The net income in the prior quarter included gain from exceptional items of $16.2 million. Net loss for the full year 2013 of $41.5 million included senior notes redemption expenses of $18.1 million and exceptional items of $20.3 million (plant closure costs of $36.9 million, insurance settlement gain of $19.6 million and flood related plan charges of $3.0 million). Net income for the full year 2012 of $16.6 million included exceptional gain of $16.7 million (insurance settlement gain of $26.7 million and flood related plan charges of $10.1 million).

John Lau, Chief Financial Officer of STATS ChipPAC, said, "Our adjusted EBITDA2 in the fourth quarter and full year 2013 was $91.3 million and $392.4 million or 23.1% and 24.5% of revenue, respectively, compared to $100.1 million and $408.9 million or 20.8% and 24.0% of revenue, respectively, in the fourth quarter and full year 2012. Capital spending in the fourth quarter and full year 2013 was $200.6 million and $507.5 million or 50.8% and 31.7% of revenue, respectively, compared to $55.2 million and $409.9 million or 11.5% and 24.1% of revenue in the fourth quarter and full year 2012. Excluding the new factory construction in Korea, capital expenditure for the fourth quarter and full year 2013 was $184.4 million or 46.7% of revenue and $478.9 million or 30.0% of revenue, respectively. Compared to our outlook guidance, the higher capital expenditure was for production capacity in advanced wafer level packaging, wirebond packaging and turnkey test to support ramp for the emerging market chipsets and global handset new products. We ended the fourth quarter of 2013 with cash, cash equivalents and bank deposits of $182.8 million and debt of $912.2 million compared to $210.6 million and $843.3 million as of the end of fourth quarter of 2012, respectively."

Outlook
Tan Lay Koon commented, "Based on current visibility, we expect first quarter 2014 revenues to be impacted by seasonality and decrease 8% to 14% compared to the prior quarter, with adjusted EBITDA2 in the range of 18% to 24% of revenue. We expect capital expenditure(3) in the first quarter of 2014 to be approximately $105 million to $125 million for long lead-time equipment to support anticipated demand this year for advanced wafer level packaging services, and includes $45 million to $55 million for progressive construction of the new factory in Korea."

The outlook for the first quarter of 2014 is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those disclosed in the outlook statements. These statements are based on our management's beliefs and assumptions, which involve judgments about future trends, events and conditions, all of which are subject to change and many of which are beyond our control. Please refer to our Financial Statements for the three and twelve months ended 29 December 2013 filed with the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited ("SGX-ST") for the major assumptions made in preparing our outlook for the first quarter of 2014. Investors should consider these assumptions and make their own assessment of the future performance of STATS ChipPAC and note that there may not be a direct correlation between the net income of the Company with adjusted EBITDA2 as a percentage of revenue.

Investor Conference Call / Live Audio Webcast Details
A conference call has been scheduled for 8:00 a.m. in Singapore on Thursday, 30 January 2014. During the call, time will be set-aside for analysts and investors to ask questions of executive officers.

The call may be accessed by dialing +65-6823-2299. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on STATS ChipPAC's website at www.statschippac.com. A replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the live call through 14 February 2014 at www.statschippac.com and by telephone at 800-616-2127. The conference ID number to access the conference call and replay is 2312968.

Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, including our outlook for the first quarter of 2014, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in this release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, general business and economic conditions and the state of the semiconductor industry; prevailing market conditions; demand for end-use applications products such as communications equipment, consumer and multi-applications and personal computers; decisions by customers to discontinue outsourcing of test and packaging services; level of competition; our reliance on a small group of principal customers; our continued success in technological innovations; pricing pressures, including declines in average selling prices; intellectual property rights disputes and litigation; our ability to control operating expenses; our substantial level of indebtedness and access to credit markets; potential impairment charges; availability of financing; changes in our product mix; our capacity utilisation; delays in acquiring or installing new equipment; limitations imposed by our financing arrangements which may limit our ability to maintain and grow our business; returns from research and development investments; changes in customer order patterns; customer credit risks; disruption of our operations; shortages in supply of key components and disruption in supply chain; inability to consolidate our Malaysia operations into our China operations and uncertainty as to whether such plan will achieve the expected objectives and results; loss of key management or other personnel; defects or malfunctions in our testing equipment or packages; rescheduling or cancelling of customer orders; adverse tax and other financial consequences if the taxing authorities do not agree with our interpretation of the applicable tax laws; classification of our Company as a passive foreign investment company; our ability to develop and protect our intellectual property; changes in environmental laws and regulations; exchange rate fluctuations; regulatory approvals for further investments in our subsidiaries; majority ownership by Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited ("Temasek") that may result in conflicting interests with Temasek and our affiliates; unsuccessful acquisitions and investments in other companies and businesses; labour union problems in South Korea; uncertainties of conducting business in China and changes in laws, currency policy and political instability in other countries in Asia; natural calamities and disasters, including outbreaks of epidemics and communicable diseases; the continued trading and listing of our ordinary shares on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited ("SGX-ST"). You should not unduly rely on such statements. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Basis of Preparation of Results

The financial statements included in this release have been prepared in accordance with the Singapore Financial Reporting Standards ("FRS").

Our 52-53 week fiscal year ends on the Sunday nearest and prior to 31 December. Our fiscal quarters end on a Sunday and our fourth quarter of 2013 and year 2013 ended on 29 December 2013, while our third quarter of 2013, fourth quarter of 2012 and year 2012, ended on 29 September 2013, 30 December 2012 and 30 December 2012, respectively. References to "$" are to the lawful currency of the United States of America.

About STATS ChipPAC Ltd.
STATS ChipPAC Ltd. (SGX-ST Code: S24) is a leading service provider of semiconductor packaging design, assembly, test and distribution solutions in diverse end market applications including communications, digital consumer and computing. With global headquarters in Singapore, STATS ChipPAC has design, research and development, manufacturing or customer support offices throughout Asia, the United States and Europe. STATS ChipPAC is listed on the SGX-ST. Further information is available at www.statschippac.com. Information contained in this website does not constitute a part of this release.

STATS ChipPAC Ltd.
Consolidated Income Statement
(Unaudited)
           
  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
  29 December     30 December     29 December     30 December  
  2013 $'000     2012 $'000     2013 $'000     2012 $'000  
Net revenues   395,020       480,357       1,598,522       1,701,549  
Cost of revenues   (347,617 )     (392,370 )     (1,374,962 )     (1,414,045 )
Gross profit   47,403       87,987       223,560       287,504  
                               
Operating expenses:                              
  Selling, general and administrative   23,935       47,247       96,140       122,958  
  Research and development   10,502       14,978       46,432       51,722  
  Restructuring charges   1,886       4,602       1,886       5,715  
  Exchange offer and redemption expenses   --       --       15,701       --  
  Write-off of debt issuance costs   --       --       2,392       --  
    Operating expenses   36,323       66,827       162,551       180,395  
                               
Goodwill impairment   --       --       --       24,100  
Equipment impairment   --       --       --       3,819  
Total operating expenses   36,323       66,827       162,551       208,314  
                               
Operating income before exceptional items   11,080       21,160       61,009       79,190  
  Plant closure costs*   --       --       (36,909 )     --  
  Flood related insurance settlement   --       --       19,582       26,741  
  Flood related plan charges **   --       (837 )     (3,000 )     (10,061 )
Operating income after exceptional items   11,080       20,323       40,682       95,870  
                               
Other income (expenses), net:                              
  Interest income   358       358       1,334       1,518  
  Interest expense   (12,918 )     (15,806 )     (54,459 )     (59,829 )
  Foreign currency exchange gain   3,721       357       3,641       583  
  Share of loss of associate   --       --       --       (739 )
  Other non-operating income (expenses), net***   (1,994 )     151       (1,969 )     477  
    Total other expenses, net   (10,833 )     (14,940 )     (51,453 )     (57,990 )
                               
Income (loss) before income taxes   247       5,383       (10,771 )     37,880  
Income tax expense   (4,193 )     (2,070 )     (22,329 )     (14,023 )
Net income (loss)   (3,946 )     3,313       (33,100 )     23,857  
Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest  
(2,147
)    
(1,620
)    
(8,414
)    
(7,294
)
Net income (loss) attributable to STATS ChipPAC Ltd.   (6,093 )     1,693       (41,514 )     16,563  
                               
Net income (loss) per ordinary share attributable to STATS ChipPAC Ltd.:                              
  Basic $ (0.00 )   $ 0.00     $ (0.02 )   $ 0.01  
  Diluted $ (0.00 )   $ 0.00     $ (0.02 )   $ 0.01  
                               
Ordinary shares (in thousands) used in per ordinary share calculation:                              
  Basic   2,202,218       2,202,218       2,202,218       2,202,218  
  Diluted   2,202,218       2,202,218       2,202,218       2,202,220  
                               
Key Ratios and Information:                              
Gross Margin   12.0 %     18.3 %     14.0 %     16.9 %
Operating Expenses as a % of Revenue   9.2 %     13.9 %     10.2 %     10.6 %
Operating Margin   2.8 %     4.4 %     3.8 %     6.3 %
Depreciation & Amortisation, including Amortisation of Debt Issuance Costs  
78,455
     
76,938
     
302,585
     
289,207
 
Capital Expenditures   200,592       55,244       507,466       409,949  

* Plant closure costs relate to the restructuring, plant shutdown and associated charges for the Malaysia plant.

** Flood related plan charges of $3.0 million in the full year of 2013 primarily relate to additional land and building impairment on the Thailand plant. Flood related plan charges of $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $10.1 million in the full year of 2012 primarily relate to depreciation on suspended production operations and labour and other expenses to support production shift from the Thailand plant to other manufacturing locations of STATS ChipPAC.

*** Other non-operating expenses in the fourth quarter and full year of 2013 primarily relate to lease termination cost of $2.0 million incurred in restructuring.

STATS ChipPAC Ltd.  
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position  
(Unaudited)  
             
    29 December     30 December  
    2013     2012  
    $'000     $'000  
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   129,136     170,558  
  Short-term bank deposits   42,042     39,601  
  Accounts receivable, net   238,441     258,043  
  Other receivables   15,239     20,726  
  Inventories   71,055     90,203  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   18,970     24,559  
    Total current assets   514,883     603,690  
Non-current assets:            
  Long-term bank deposits   11,604     489  
  Property, plant and equipment, net   1,437,226     1,242,950  
  Intangible assets   35,117     36,361  
  Goodwill   381,487     381,487  
  Deferred tax assets   186      
  Prepaid expenses and other non-current assets   3,146     3,299  
    Total non-current assets   1,868,766     1,664,586  
  Total assets   2,383,649     2,268,276  
             
LIABILITIES            
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts and other payables   138,004     164,301  
  Payables related to property, plant and equipment purchases   141,998     42,746  
  Accrued operating expenses   124,640     113,476  
  Income taxes payable   18,207     13,155  
  Short-term bank borrowings   37,947     50,690  
  Short-term amounts due to related parties   100     28  
    Total current liabilities   460,896     384,396  
Non-current liabilities:            
  Long-term borrowings   874,281     792,609  
  Deferred tax liabilities   47,476     47,141  
  Other non-current liabilities   24,228     21,532  
    Total non-current liabilities   945,985     861,282  
  Total liabilities   1,406,881     1,245,678  
             
EQUITY            
  Share capital   873,666     873,666  
  Retained earnings   57,457     98,971  
  Other reserves   (7,712 )   (1,828 )
    Equity attributable to equity holders of STATS ChipPAC Ltd.   923,411     970,809  
  Non-controlling interest   53,357     51,789  
  Total equity   976,768     1,022,598  
  Total liabilities and equity   2,383,649     2,268,276  
             
   
   
STATS ChipPAC Ltd.  
Other Supplemental Information  
(Unaudited)  
                 
                 
  4Q 2013     3Q 2013     4Q 2012  
Net Revenues by Product Line                
Advanced Packaging ## 47.8 %   44.9 %   51.2 %
Wirebond Packaging 29.2 %   32.4 %   27.9 %
Test 23.0 %   22.7 %   20.9 %
  100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
Net Revenues by End User Market                
Communications 66.7 %   65.0 %   75.8 %
Personal Computers 8.1 %   9.1 %   6.0 %
Consumer, Multi-applications and Others 25.2 %   25.9 %   18.2 %
  100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
Net Revenues by Region                
United States of America 67.3 %   71.8 %   70.0 %
Asia 22.6 %   19.2 %   15.9 %
Europe 10.1 %   9.0 %   14.1 %
  100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
                 
Number of Testers 959     947     950  
Number of Wirebonders 4,088     4,107     4,352  
                 
Overall Equipment Utilisation Rate 65 %   67 %   78 %
                 

## Advanced Packaging includes flip-chip and wafer level packaging.

1 Operating margin is stated before goodwill impairment, equipment impairment and exceptional items which comprised plant closure costs and flood related plan income (expenses).

2 Adjusted EBITDA is not required by, or presented in accordance with, Singapore Financial Reporting Standards ("FRS"). We define adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to STATS ChipPAC Ltd. plus income tax expense, interest expense, net, depreciation and amortisation, restructuring charges, share-based compensation, goodwill and equipment impairment, tender offer, debt exchange or debt redemption expenses and write-off of debt issuance costs. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the plant closure costs related to our Malaysia plant and our restructuring actions. We present adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure of our performance. Management believes the non-FRS financial measure is useful to investors in enabling them to perform additional analysis.

3 Capital expenditure refers to acquisitions of production equipment, asset upgrades and infrastructure investments.

Contact Information

  • Investor Relations Contact:
    Tham Kah Locke
    Vice President of Corporate Finance
    Tel: (65) 6824 7788
    Fax: (65) 6720 7826
    email: Email Contact

    Media Contact:
    Lisa Lavin
    Deputy Director of Marketing Communications
    Tel: (208) 867-9859
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