Newport Corporation Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

IRVINE, Calif., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Newport Corporation (NASDAQ: NEWP) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 29, 2014, and its outlook for the second quarter of 2014.  The company noted the following regarding the first quarter results:

  • Net sales of $146.9 million;
  • New orders of $147.3 million;
  • Net income attributable to Newport Corporation of $7.9 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, when measured according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
  • Non-GAAP net income of $11.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, excluding the amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related, restructuring and severance costs, a gain on sale of assets and the tax impact of the excluded amounts; and
  • Cash generated from operations of $9.4 million, and a reduction in debt of $12.5 million, resulting in a net debt position of $12.8 million at the end of the quarter.  

Commenting on the results, Robert J. Phillippy, Newport's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Newport's positive financial results in the first quarter of 2014 reflect the continued strength we are experiencing in our business.  Our first quarter sales of $146.9 million increased 10.8% year-over-year, and we leveraged this increase into a 60.5% increase in non-GAAP operating income and an 81.3% increase in non-GAAP net income per diluted share." 

Sales and Orders

Newport's sales and orders by end market were as follows:  

(In thousands, except percentages, unaudited)

Three Months Ended


Percentage  

Percentage  









Change vs.

Change vs.



March 29,

December 28,

March 30,


Prior 

Prior Year



2014

2013

2013 ¹


Quarter

Period









Sales by End Market















 Scientific research  

$    31,881

$    33,077

$    30,902


-3.6%

3.2%

 Microelectronics 

33,953

39,639

27,721


-14.3%

22.5%

 Life and health sciences 

34,262

32,902

31,220


4.1%

9.7%

 Defense and security 

11,577

13,875

15,403


-16.6%

-24.8%

 Industrial manufacturing and other  

35,217

34,683

27,361


1.5%

28.7%


 Total 

$  146,890

$  154,176

$  132,607


-4.7%

10.8%









Orders by End Market















 Scientific research  

$    28,255

$    34,729

$    31,650


-18.6%

-10.7%

 Microelectronics 

42,579

53,504

28,185


-20.4%

51.1%

 Life and health sciences 

29,662

29,951

29,884


-1.0%

-0.7%

 Defense and security 

11,325

14,111

14,927


-19.7%

-24.1%

 Industrial manufacturing and other  

35,463

34,476

28,939


2.9%

22.5%


 Total 

$  147,284

$  166,771

$  133,585


-11.7%

10.3%









Note:








1

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

 

In the first quarter of 2014, the company's sales and orders both increased slightly more than 10% compared with the prior year period.  The year-over-year increase in sales was driven by higher levels in all of the company's end markets, except for the defense and security end markets, which continued to be adversely impacted by government funding constraints, primarily in the United States.  The year-over-year increase in orders was driven by very strong activity from customers in the company's microelectronics and industrial manufacturing and other end markets, offset by decreases in orders from customers in its scientific research and defense and security end markets. 

On a sequential basis, sales and orders declined 4.7% and 11.7%, respectively.  The sequential decline in sales was due primarily to lower sales to customers in the company's microelectronics, scientific research and defense and security end markets, offset by slight increases in sales to customers in its life and health sciences and industrial manufacturing and other end markets.  The sequential sales decline in the microelectronics end market resulted primarily from the company's divestiture of its MRSI business, which contributed approximately $3 million of sales to this market in the fourth quarter of 2013.  The sequential decline in orders was due primarily to a $14 million order in the fourth quarter of 2013 from a microelectronics end market customer for a collaborative development program that did not repeat in the first quarter, and lower orders from customers in the scientific research and defense and security end markets.  Activity levels in the scientific research and defense and security end markets continued to be adversely impacted by government funding constraints.

Operating Income and Net Income

Newport reported operating income for the first quarter of 2014 of $12.5 million, or 8.5% of net sales, when calculated in accordance with GAAP.  On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related, restructuring and severance costs and a gain on sale of assets, the company's operating income for the first quarter of 2014 was $17.9 million, or 12.2% of net sales.

On a GAAP basis, the company reported net income attributable to Newport Corporation for the first quarter of 2014 of $7.9 million, or $0.19 per diluted share.  On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the items referenced above and the tax impact of such excluded amounts, the company's net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $11.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. 

The company has provided a reconciliation of its gross profit, operating income, net income and net income per diluted share calculated in accordance with GAAP and on a non-GAAP basis following the statements of income and comprehensive income included in this release.  Management believes that the supplemental presentation of non-GAAP financial information provides insight into the company's core business results, as well as a useful resource for comparison of its financial results between periods. 

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities

In the first quarter of 2014, Newport generated $9.4 million in cash from operations, and reduced its total indebtedness by $12.5 million.  As of March 29, 2014, the company had $76.0 million in total indebtedness and $63.2 million in cash, restricted cash and marketable securities.

Financial Outlook

Commenting on Newport's outlook, Mr. Phillippy said, "We are off to a good start in 2014, and our first quarter results provide us with a strong foundation to build on.  In the second quarter of 2014, we expect sales to be in the range of $147 million to $153 million, which would be 9.5% to 14.0% higher than the second quarter of 2013.  As a result, we also expect significant year-over-year increases in our non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the second quarter of 2014.  We are successfully executing on our strategic initiatives to introduce innovative new products and capture design wins with our industry-leading customers to drive sales and profit growth.  In addition, we expect this strong financial performance to generate increasing levels of cash that we will use to accelerate our growth and enhance shareholder value." 

ABOUT NEWPORT CORPORATION 

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics, life and health sciences, industrial manufacturing and defense and security markets.  Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in advanced technologies, including lasers, photonics and precision motion equipment, and optical components and sub-systems, to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications.  Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

To download Newport's investor relations app, which offers access to its SEC filings, press releases, videos, audiocasts and more, please visit Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad or Google Play for Android mobile devices.

INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL

Robert J. Phillippy, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Charles F. Cargile, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, will host an investor conference call today, April 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time) to review the company's results for the first quarter of 2014 and its business outlook for the remainder of 2014.  The call will be open to all interested investors through a live audio web broadcast via the Internet at www.newport.com/investors.  The call also will be available to investors and analysts by dialing 877-375-4189 within the U.S. and Canada or 973-935-2046 from abroad.   

The webcast will be archived on the Newport website and can be reached through the same link.  An archived webcast will also be available on Newport's investor relations app.  A telephonic playback of the conference call will be available by calling 855-859-2056 within the U.S. and Canada and 404‑537-3406 from abroad.  Playback will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, and continue through 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  The replay passcode is 30735412.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including without limitation statements regarding the company's expectation of continued momentum in its business; the company's expected sales level in the second quarter of 2014 and its expectation of significant year-over-year increases in non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the second quarter of 2014; the company's expectation that it will drive future sales and profit growth by successfully introducing new products and capturing new design wins with industry-leading customers; and the company's expectation of generating increasing levels of cash flow to accelerate its growth and enhance shareholder value.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate" or "continue" or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements.  Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments and risks with respect to, among other things, the strength of business conditions in the industries Newport serves, particularly the semiconductor and defense and security industries; Newport's ability to successfully penetrate and increase sales to its targeted end markets; the levels of private and governmental research funding worldwide; potential order cancellations and push-outs; future economic, competitive and market conditions, including those in Europe and Asia and those related to its strategic markets; whether its products will continue to achieve customer acceptance; and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the control of Newport.  Certain of these judgments and risks are discussed in more detail in Newport's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Although Newport believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance that the results contemplated in forward-looking statements will be realized.  In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by Newport or any other person that Newport's objectives or plans will be achieved.  Newport undertakes no obligation to revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


Newport Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended


March 29,


March 30,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

2014


2013





Net sales

$         146,890


$         132,607

Cost of sales

81,431


77,475

Gross profit

65,459


55,132





Selling, general and administrative expenses

39,206


37,608

Research and development expense

14,138


13,101

Gain on sale of assets

(411)


-

Operating income 

12,526


4,423





Interest and other expense, net

(976)


(2,137)

Income before income taxes

11,550


2,286





Income tax provision (benefit)

3,609


(448)

Net income   

7,941


2,734

Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

55


(12)

Net income attributable to Newport Corporation

$             7,886


$             2,746









Net income 

$             7,941


$             2,734

Other comprehensive income:




Foreign currency translation gains (losses) 

461


(2,452)

Unrecognized net pension gains 

43


190

Unrealized gains (losses) on marketable securities

20


(98)

Comprehensive income 

$             8,465


$                374





Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

$                  69


$                 (61)

Comprehensive income attributable to Newport Corporation

8,396


435

Comprehensive income   

$             8,465


$                374





Net income per share attributable to Newport Corporation:




Basic

$               0.20


$               0.07

Diluted

$               0.19


$               0.07





Shares used in the computation of net income per share:




Basic

39,525


38,601

Diluted

40,499


39,260





Other operating data:




New orders received during the period

$         147,284


$         133,585

Backlog at the end of period scheduled to ship within 12 months

$         192,122


$         149,716





 


Newport Corporation

Supplemental Non-GAAP Measures

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


March 29,


March 30,



2014


2013

Net sales


$          146,890


$         132,607






Cost of sales:





Cost of sales - GAAP


$            81,431


$           77,475

Amortization of intangible assets


962


895

Stock-based compensation expense


212


209

Acquisition-related, restructuring and severance costs 


-


403

Non-GAAP cost of sales


80,257


75,968

Non-GAAP gross profit


$            66,633


$           56,639






Non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of net sales


45.4%


42.7%






Operating income:





Operating income - GAAP


$            12,526


$             4,423

Amortization of intangible assets


2,479


2,586

Stock-based compensation expense


2,337


2,269

Acquisition-related, restructuring and severance costs 


968


1,874

Gain on sale of assets


(411)


-

Non-GAAP operating income


$            17,899


$           11,152






Non-GAAP operating income as a percentage of net sales


12.2%


8.4%






Net income attributable to Newport Corporation:





Net income - GAAP


$              7,886


$             2,746

Amortization of intangible assets


2,479


2,586

Stock-based compensation expense


2,337


2,269

Acquisition-related, restructuring and severance costs 


968


1,874

Gain on sale of assets


(411)


-

Income tax provision on non-GAAP adjustments


(1,691)


(3,315)

Non-GAAP net income 


$            11,568


$             6,160











Net income per diluted share attributable to Newport Corporation:





Net income - GAAP


$                0.19


$               0.07

Total non-GAAP adjustments


0.10


0.09

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share


$                0.29


$               0.16






 

Newport Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)










March 29,


December 28,

(In thousands)

2014


2013





ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$             52,602


$             53,710

Restricted cash

2,397


2,305

Marketable securities

8,191


8,219

Accounts receivable, net 

96,629


96,388

Inventories, net

105,284


103,383

Deferred income taxes

22,521


22,437

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

18,152


14,769

Total current assets

305,776


301,211





Property and equipment, net

81,237


80,516

Goodwill

78,806


78,801

Deferred income taxes

4,481


4,474

Intangible assets, net

64,897


67,342

Investments and other assets

32,494


32,885


$           567,691


$           565,229





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Short-term borrowings, net

$               4,991


$               4,861

Accounts payable

32,264


31,714

Accrued payroll and related expenses

30,938


31,015

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

37,522


35,341

Total current liabilities

105,715


102,931





Long-term debt, net 

70,988


83,646

Pension liabilities

27,191


27,093

Other liabilities

22,760


23,182





Total stockholders' equity of Newport 

340,009


326,968

Non-controlling interests

1,028


1,409

Total stockholders' equity 

341,037


328,377


$           567,691


$           565,229





 

Contact:
Charles F. Cargile, 949/863-3144
Newport Corporation, Irvine, CA
investor@newport.com
or
Rob Fink, 212/896-1206
KCSA Strategic Communications
newport@kcsa.com

SOURCE Newport Corporation



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