Coherent, Inc. Reports Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Year-End Results

Nov 04, 2015, 16:01 ET from Coherent, Inc.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ, COHR), a world leader in providing photonics based solutions to the commercial and scientific research markets, today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended October 3, 2015.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


Three Months Ended


Year Ended


Oct. 3,
2015


July 4,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014


Oct. 3,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014

GAAP Results










(in millions except per share data)









Bookings

$

205.4



$

176.7



$

182.7



$

765.2



$

890.5


Net sales

$

209.6



$

188.5



$

205.3



$

802.5



$

794.6


Net income

$

27.3



$

13.3



$

19.1



$

76.4



$

59.1


Diluted EPS

$

1.10



$

0.53



$

0.76



$

3.06



$

2.36












Non-GAAP Results










(in millions except per share data)









Net income

$

31.2



$

20.6



$

24.2



$

97.1



$

79.9


Diluted EPS

$

1.25



$

0.82



$

0.96



$

3.89



$

3.19


FOURTH FISCAL QUARTER DETAILS

For the fourth fiscal quarter ended October 3, 2015, Coherent announced net sales of $209.6 million and net income, on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, of $27.3 million, or $1.10 per diluted share.  These results compare to net sales of $205.3 million and net income of $19.1 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 was $31.2 million, or $1.25 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was $24.2 million, or $0.96 per diluted share. Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for the three months ended October 3, 2015,  July 4, 2015 and September 27, 2014, and for the years ended October 3, 2015 and September 27, 2014 appear in the financial statements portion of this release under the heading "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP net income."

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 were $188.5 million and net income, on a GAAP basis, was $13.3 million, or $0.53 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $20.6 million, or $0.82 per diluted share.

Bookings received during the fourth fiscal quarter ended October 3, 2015 of $205.4 million increased 12.4% from $182.7 million in the same prior year period and increased by 16.3% compared to bookings of $176.7 million in the immediately preceding quarter.  The book-to-bill ratio was 0.98, and ending backlog expected to ship in the next 12 months was $309.5 million at October 3, 2015, compared to a backlog of $305.2 million at July 4, 2015 and a backlog of $328.3 million at September 27, 2014.

For the fiscal year ended October 3, 2015, Coherent posted net sales of $802.5 million and net income of $76.4 million, or $3.06 per diluted share, on a GAAP basis compared to the prior year net sales of $794.6 million and net income on a GAAP basis of $59.1 million, or $2.36 per diluted share.   Bookings received for the fiscal year ended October 3, 2015 were $765.2 million, compared to $890.5 million in bookings received during fiscal 2014.

"A combination of favorable product mix and lower warranty costs led to outstanding earnings and cash generation in our fourth fiscal quarter," said John Ambroseo, Coherent's President and Chief Executive Officer. "From a market perspective, FPD manufacturing remains an important opportunity for fiscal 2016 and beyond.  The Q4 delivery of our third Linebeam 1500 system will provide additional capacity for the manufacture of the highest resolution OLED screens.  Customers are looking to further increase this capacity as more smartphones move toward OLEDs.  This trend could result in substantial ELA orders during fiscal 2016 with deliveries running well into fiscal 2017.  Orders will likely shift from Linebeam 750s towards larger formats at or above Linebeam 1000s.  Our recent acquisition of our large format optics supplier will help facilitate shipments and reduce costs," Ambroseo added.

Coherent ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and short term investments of $325.5 million, a decrease of $11.3 million from cash, cash equivalents and short term investments of $336.8 million at July 4, 2015, and an increase of $7.2 million from cash, cash equivalents and short term investments of $318.3 million at September 27, 2014.

On January 21, 2015, the Board of Directors authorized a buyback program whereby the Company was authorized to repurchase up to $25.0 million of its common stock from time to time through January 31, 2016. On August 25, 2015, the Board of Directors authorized a buyback program whereby the Company was authorized to repurchase up to $25.0 million of its common stock from time to time through August 31, 2016. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased and retired outstanding common stock for a total of $50.0 million, completing both programs.

CONFERENCE CALL REMINDER

The Company will host a conference call today to discuss its financial results at 1:30 P.M. Pacific (4:30 P.M. Eastern). A listen-only broadcast of the conference call can be accessed on the company's website at http://www.coherent.com/Investors/. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately three months on the company's website. A transcript of management's prepared remarks can be found at http://www.coherent.com/Investors/.

Summarized statement of operations information is as follows (unaudited, in thousands, except per share data):



Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Oct. 3,
2015


July 4,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014


Oct. 3,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014












Net Sales

$

209,622


$

188,502


$

205,344


$

802,460


$

794,639


Cost of sales(A)(B)(E)(F)(G)


118,628



109,720



124,426



467,061



481,249


Gross profit


90,994



78,782



80,918



335,399



313,390


Operating expenses:











Research & development(A)(B)


19,988



21,270



18,674



81,455



79,070


Selling, general & administrative(A)(B)


36,052



36,154



37,617



149,829



154,030


Gain from business combination (C)


(1,316)







(1,316)




Impairment of investment (D)




2,017





2,017




Amortization of intangible assets(E)


658



647



733



2,667



3,424


Total operating expenses


55,382



60,088



57,024



234,652



236,524


Income from operations


35,612



18,694



23,894



100,747



76,866


Other income (expense), net(B)


(1,876)



(608)



1,756



(1,179)



2,353


Income before income taxes


33,736



18,086



25,650



99,568



79,219


Provision for income taxes (H)


6,434



4,822



6,553



23,159



20,113


Net income

$

27,302


$

13,264


$

19,097


$

76,409


$

59,106













Net income per share:











Basic

$

1.11


$

0.54


$

0.77


$

3.09


$

2.39


Diluted

$

1.10


$

0.53


$

0.76


$

3.06


$

2.36













Shares used in computations:











Basic


24,632



24,737



24,880



24,754



24,760


Diluted


24,914



24,972



25,230



24,992



25,076




(A)  

Stock-based compensation expense included in operating results is summarized below (all footnote amounts are unaudited, in thousands, except per share data):

 

Stock-based compensation expense


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Oct. 3,
2015


July 4,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014


Oct. 3,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014

Cost of sales

$

593


$

664


$

596


$

2,530


$

2,393


Research & development


531



529



507



1,946



2,033


Selling, general & administrative


3,371



3,372



3,587



13,756



14,471


Impact on income from operations

$

4,495


$

4,565


$

4,690


$

18,232


$

18,897


For the quarters ended October 3, 2015, July 4, 2015 and September 27, 2014, the impact on net income, net of tax was $3,253 ($0.13 per diluted share), $3,293 ($0.13 per diluted share) and $3,382 ($0.13 per diluted share), respectively. For the years ended October 3, 2015 and September 27, 2014, the impact on net income, net of tax was $13,985 ($0.56 per diluted share) and $13,654 ($0.54 per diluted share), respectively.

(B)  

Changes in deferred compensation plan liabilities are included in cost of sales and operating expenses while gains and losses on deferred compensation plan assets are included in other income (expense), net.  Deferred compensation expense (benefit) included in operating results is summarized below:

 

Deferred compensation expense (benefit)


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Oct. 3,
2015


July 4,
2015


Sept.27,
2014


Oct. 3,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014

Cost of sales

$

(55)


$

8


$

24


$

(13)


$

143


Research & development


(236)



24



126



(52)



622


Selling, general & administrative


(1,301)



174



651



(100)



3,571


Impact on income from operations

$

(1,592)


$

206


$

801


$

(165)


$

4,336


For the quarters ended October 3, 2015, July 4, 2015 and September 27, 2014, the impact on other income (expense) net from gains or losses on deferred compensation plan assets was expense of $1,467, income of $200 and income of $780, respectively. For the years ended October 3, 2015 and September 27, 2014, the impact on other income (expense) net was expense of $95 and income of $4,317, respectively.

(C)  

For the quarter and year ended October 3, 2015, the gain from business combination was $1,316 ($0.05 per diluted share).



(D)   

For the quarter ended July 4, 2015 and year ended October 3, 2015, the impairment of our investment in SiOnyx, Inc., a private corporation, was $2,017 ($1,274 net of tax ($0.05 per diluted share)).



(E)   

For the quarters ended October 3, 2015, July 4, 2015 and September 27, 2014, the impact of amortization of intangibles expense was $2,068 ($1,643 net of tax ($0.07 per diluted share)), $1,960 ($1,432 net of tax ($0.06 per diluted share)) and $2,312 ($1,713 net of tax ($0.07 per diluted share)), respectively. For the years ended October 3, 2015 and September 27, 2014, the impact of amortization of intangibles expense was $8,244 ($6,222 net of tax ($0.25 per diluted share)) and $9,593 ($7,131 net of tax ($0.28 per diluted share)), respectively.



(F)   

For the quarter and year ended October 3, 2015, the impact of inventory step-up costs related to acquisitions was $579 ($366 net of tax ($0.01 per diluted share)).



(G)  

For the quarter ended July 4, 2015 and year ended October 3, 2015, the impact of an accrual related to an ongoing customs audit was $1,315 ($1,289 net of tax ($0.05 per diluted share)).



(H)   

The year ended October 3, 2015 included $1,118 ($0.04 per diluted share) non-recurring tax benefit from the renewal of the R&D tax credit for fiscal 2014.

Summarized balance sheet information is as follows (unaudited, in thousands):



Oct. 3,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

$

325,515


$

318,275


Accounts receivable, net


142,260



137,324


Inventories


156,614



170,483


Prepaid expenses and other assets


56,412



54,973


Total current assets


680,801



681,055


Property and equipment, net


102,445



107,424


Other assets


185,701



210,896


Total assets

$

968,947


$

999,375







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable

$

33,379


$

32,784


Other current liabilities


89,220



84,535


Total current liabilities


122,599



117,319


Other long-term liabilities


49,930



62,407


Total stockholders' equity


796,418



819,649


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

968,947


$

999,375


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP net income (unaudited, in thousands, (other than per share data), net of tax):



Three Months Ended


Year Ended



Oct. 3,
2015


July 4,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014


Oct. 3,
2015


Sept. 27,
2014

GAAP net income

$

27,302


$

13,264


$

19,097


$

76,409


$

59,106


Stock-based compensation expense


3,253



3,293



3,382



13,985



13,654


Amortization of intangible assets


1,643



1,432



1,713



6,222



7,131


Customs audit




1,289





1,289




Non-recurring tax benefit








(1,118)




Impairment of investment




1,274





1,274




Gain from business combination


(1,316)







(1,316)




Inventory step-up on acquisition


366







366




Non-GAAP net income

$

31,248


$

20,552


$

24,192


$

97,111


$

79,891













Non-GAAP net income per diluted share

$

1.25


$

0.82


$

0.96


$

3.89


$

3.19


FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined under the Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include the statements in this press release that relate to the importance of the FPD market to the Company's business, demand for the Company's ELA products and the timing for additional orders and deliveries for such products,  the potential shifting of product mix from  the Company's Linebeam 750 product towards larger formats at or above the Company's Linebeam 1000 product and the impact  from the Company's recent acquisition of its large format optics supplier. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks associated with any general market recovery, growth in demand for our products, the worldwide demand for flat panel displays, the demand for and use of the Company's products in commercial applications, our successful implementation of our customer design wins, our and our customers' exposure to risks associated with worldwide economic conditions, the mix and pricing of our products, our ability to control expenses, the ability of our customers to forecast their own end markets, our ability to accurately forecast future periods, customer acceptance and adoption of our new product offerings, continued timely availability of products and materials from our suppliers, our ability to timely ship our products and our customers' ability to accept such shipments, our ability to successfully integrate our recent acquisition into our operations, our ability to have our customers qualify our product offerings, our ability to forecast and meet our expenses, worldwide government economic policies and other risks identified in the Company's SEC filings. Readers are encouraged to refer to the risk disclosures and critical accounting policies and estimates described in the Company's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, as applicable and as filed from time-to-time by the Company. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially from those presented herein. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Founded in 1966, Coherent, Inc. is a world leader in providing photonics based solutions to the commercial and scientific research markets and part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000. Please direct any questions to Leen Simonet, Chief Financial Officer at 408-764-4110. For more information about Coherent, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.coherent.com/ for product and financial updates.

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SOURCE Coherent, Inc.



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