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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Record Revenue for First Quarter of Fiscal 2019
  • Record Revenue of $221.8 Million, $81.8 Million or 58% Higher Than Last Year
  • Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Sequential Revenue Increase in Cabot Microelectronics’ Legacy Business
  • Record Revenue in CMP Slurries and Pads
  • Net Income of $13.4 Million; Non-GAAP Net Income of $52.9 Million, $21.8 Million or 70% Higher Than Last Year1
  • Earnings Per Share of $0.48; Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share of $1.90, $0.71 or 60% Higher Than Last Year1
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $76.9 Million, $33.5 Million or 77% Higher Than Last Year1

AURORA, Ill., Feb. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq: CCMP), a leading global supplier of consumable materials to semiconductor manufacturers and pipeline operators, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2019, which ended December 31, 2018.

Key Quarter Highlights

During the first fiscal quarter, the company delivered total revenue of $221.8 million, 58% higher than in the same quarter last year, and a record level for the company. First quarter revenue was driven by the company’s acquisition of KMG Chemicals, Inc. (“KMG”), which closed on November 15, 2018, and growth across Cabot Microelectronics’ legacy businesses. In the company’s chemical mechanical planarization (“CMP”) businesses, tungsten slurries and polishing pads had record revenue in the quarter. Net Income was $13.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes acquisition and integration-related expenses, was $76.9 million for the quarter, an increase of $33.5 million, or 77%, compared to the same quarter last year. Cash flow from operations was $13.7 million. The company borrowed $1,065 million in the quarter to finance the KMG acquisition and ended the quarter with $209 million cash on hand.

“We are excited to announce strong results for our first quarter, especially since this is the first time we are reporting performance as a combined company following our acquisition of KMG, which closed halfway through our fiscal 2019 first quarter,” said David Li, President and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. “We believe these results, along with the positive feedback from our customers and the progress we have made on our integration efforts, provide an indication of the earnings and cash flow generation capability of our company as we build the premier provider of critical materials globally.”

Key Financial Information for First Quarter of Fiscal 2019

  • Revenue was $221.8 million, which is $81.8 million, or 58%, higher compared to the same quarter last year. Results benefited from the KMG acquisition, which added $62.0 million to revenue in the approximately six weeks post-closing. The company achieved record quarterly revenue in CMP slurries and pads.
  • Net income for the quarter was $13.4 million, which is $16.5 million higher than the net loss reported in the same quarter last year, which was due to the adverse impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in fiscal 2018. Acquisition and integration-related expenses negatively impacted net income this quarter. Non-GAAP net income was $52.9 million, which is $21.8 million, or 70%, higher than the prior year.
  • Diluted EPS was $0.48 this quarter, which is $0.60 higher than in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted EPS, which excludes the impact of the Tax Act and KMG acquisition and integration-related expenses, was $1.90, which is $0.71, or 60%, higher than the same quarter last year.
  • Excluding acquisition and integration-related expenses, adjusted EBITDA was $76.9 million, which is $33.5 million, or 77% higher than in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 34.7%, compared to 31.0% in the same quarter last year. Adjusted EBITDA benefited from improved profitability in the company’s legacy businesses and the addition of the KMG businesses.

Segment Results

As of the first quarter of fiscal 2019, Cabot Microelectronics is presenting results using two reportable segments: Electronic Materials and Performance Materials. Electronic Materials includes products and solutions for the semiconductor industry and consists of Cabot Microelectronics’ legacy CMP slurries and polishing pads businesses as well as the recently-acquired KMG electronic chemicals business. Performance Materials includes KMG’s legacy pipeline performance and wood treatment businesses, and Cabot Microelectronics' legacy QED business.

Electronic Materials – Revenue was $190.6 million, which is $57.3 million, or 43%, higher than in the same quarter last year. The KMG acquisition contributed $39.8 million in revenue to the segment results in the quarter. CMP slurries and pads delivered record revenue for the quarter, with a 10% and 30% increase year-over-year, respectively. Electronic Materials segment adjusted EBITDA was $74.8 million, or 39.3% of revenue.

Performance Materials – Revenue was $31.2 million for the quarter, which is $24.5 million higher than in the prior year’s quarter. The increase in revenue was primarily driven by the KMG acquisition. Performance Materials segment adjusted EBITDA was $13.1 million, or 41.9% of revenue.

Guidance Update

The company is providing revenue guidance for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 based on currently projected sequential changes compared to the company’s pro forma revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, as reflected in the slide presentation that is being made available concurrent with this press release. For the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the company currently expects total revenue to be down low single digits on a percentage basis, with Electronic Materials revenue expected to be down low single digits, and Performance Materials revenue expected to be up low single digits, on a percentage basis.

The company currently expects full fiscal year 2019 adjusted EBITDA to be between $325 million and $355 million. Full fiscal year interest expense is expected to be in the range of $47 million to $50 million. Additional current expectations are provided on slide 10 in the related slide presentation.

1 Non-GAAP net income, adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP diluted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures. See “Use of Certain GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Information” below and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures in the financial statements portion of this press release.

A slide presentation related to this press release will be available at in the Quarterly Results section of the Investor Relations center at approximately the same time that this press release is issued.

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation’s quarterly earnings conference call will be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time) on Thursday, February 7. The conference call will be available via live webcast and replay from the company’s website,, or by phone at (844) 825-4410. Callers outside the U.S. may dial (973) 638-3236. The conference code for the call is 8668739. A transcript of the formal comments made during the conference call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website. 

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is a leading global supplier of consumable materials to semiconductor manufacturers and pipeline operators. The company’s products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, helping to enable the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. Cabot Microelectronics Corporation is also a leading provider of performance materials to pipeline operators and the industrial wood preservation industry. The company's mission is to create value by delivering high-performing and innovative solutions that solve its customers’ challenges. The company has approximately 1,900 employees globally. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit, or contact Colleen Mumford, Director of Investor Relations, at 630-499-2600.

The company presented the following measures considered as non-GAAP by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), adjusted EBITDA margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. All non-GAAP measures presented exclude the effect of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017 in the United States (“tax act”), acquisition and integration costs related to the company’s November 2018 acquisition of KMG, and the amortization expense related to its October 2015 acquisition of NexPlanar Corporation. The non-GAAP financial information provided in this press release is a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the company’s financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the investor's understanding about the company's ongoing operations. Specifically, the company believes the impact of the tax act, KMG acquisition and integration-related expenses and acquisition related amortization expenses are not indicative of its core operating results, and thus presents these certain metrics excluding these effects. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. A reconciliation table of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is contained in this press release.

The company has not quantitatively reconciled its guidance for adjusted EBITDA to its most comparable GAAP measure because the company does not provide specific guidance for the various reconciling items as certain items that impact this measure have not occurred, are out of the company’s control, or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation to the nearest GAAP financial metric is not available without unreasonable effort. Please note that the unavailable reconciling items could significantly impact the company’s results.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Electronic Materials and Performance Materials segments is presented in conformity with Accounting Standards Codification Topic 280, Segment Reporting. This measure is reported to the chief operating decision maker for purposes of making decisions about allocating resources to the segments and assessing their performance. For these reasons, this measure is excluded from the definition of non-GAAP financial measures under the SEC Regulation G and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects including, for example, future sales and operating results; the acquisition of, investment in, or collaboration with other entities, including the company’s acquisition of KMG Chemicals, Inc. (“”KMG”), and the expected benefits and synergies of such acquisition and the capital structure of the combined company; growth or contraction, and trends in the industry and markets in which the company participates; the company's management; various economic or political factors and international or national events, including related to the enactment of trade sanctions, tariffs, or other similar matters; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property or third party intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; the company's supply chain; the financial conditions of the company's customers; natural disasters; uses and investment of the company's cash balance, including dividends and share repurchases, which may be suspended, terminated or modified at any time for any reason by the company, based on a variety of factors; financing facilities and related debt, pay off or payment of principal and interest, and compliance with covenants and other terms; the company's capital structure; the company's current or future tax rate, including the effects of the tax act in the U.S.; the operation of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics; Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Cabot Microelectronics’ beliefs, plans and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations of Cabot Microelectronics’ management and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. For information about factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, please refer to Cabot Microelectronics’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the risk factors contained in Cabot Microelectronics’ Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, which will be filed by February 11, 2019. Except as required by law, Cabot Microelectronics undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements made by it to reflect new information, subsequent events or circumstances.

Colleen Mumford
Director of Investor Relations
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation       
(630) 499-2600

(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)  
    Quarter Ended  
    December 31, 2018   September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017  
Revenue   $221,778     $156,729     $139,979    
Cost of sales       122,445         72,383         65,965    
  Gross profit       99,333         84,346         74,014    
Operating expenses:              
  Research, development & technical        14,040         13,372         12,151    
  Selling, general & administrative        61,128         26,986         24,751    
  Total operating expenses       75,168         40,358         36,902    
Operating income       24,165         43,988         37,112    
Interest expense       6,890         102         1,132    
Interest income       1,019         1,161         951    
Other income (expense), net       (1,411 )       (24 )       (279 )  
Income before income taxes       16,883         45,023         36,652    
Provision for income taxes        3,440         (3,195 )       39,735    
  Net income (loss)   $13,443     $48,218     ($3,083 )  
Basic earnings (loss) per share    $0.50     $1.89     ($0.12 )  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding      27,157       25,520       25,326    
Diluted earnings (loss) per share    $0.48     $1.84     ($0.12 )  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding      27,762       26,213       25,326    


(Unaudited and amounts in thousands)              
              December 31, 2018   September 30, 2018  
Current assets:              
  Cash and cash equivalents       $208,880   $352,921  
  Accounts receivable, net            138,580       75,886  
  Inventories, net           138,377       71,926  
  Other current assets           39,310       22,048  
  Total current assets         525,147     522,781  
Property, plant and equipment, net           262,447       111,403  
Other long-term assets           1,593,134       146,789  
  Total assets       $2,380,728   $780,973  
Current liabilities:              
  Accounts payable       $54,012   $18,171  
  Current portion of long-term debt           7,627       -  
  Accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other current liabilities       100,400       82,983  
  Total current liabilities         162,039     101,154  
Long-term debt, net of current portion           1,037,203       -  
Other long-term liabilities           173,319       13,127  
  Total liabilities           1,372,561       114,281  
Stockholders' equity           1,008,167       666,692  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity       $2,380,728   $780,973  


U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation          
(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share and percentage amounts)      
       Quarter Ended   
       December 31, 2018     December 31, 2017   
Reconciliation of GAAP Net income to Non-GAAP Net income          
GAAP Net income (loss)   $13,443     $(3,083 )  
  Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles       9,355         1,703    
  Charge for fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold       10,261         -     
  Acquisition and integration-related expenses       27,294         -     
  Impact of U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act)        (259 )       32,880    
  Tax effect on adjustments to net income       (7,244 )       (440 )  
Non-GAAP Net income   $52,850     $31,060    
Reconciliation of GAAP Diluted EPS to Non-GAAP Diluted EPS          
GAAP Diluted earnings per share   $0.48     $(0.12 )  
  Effect of adjustments to net income       1.42         1.31    
Non-GAAP Diluted earnings per share   $1.90     $1.19    
Reconciliation of GAAP Net income to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA        
Net income (loss)   $13,443     $(3,083 )  
  Interest expense       6,890         1,132    
  Interest income       (1,019 )       (951 )  
  Income taxes       3,440         39,735    
  Depreciation & amortization       16,541         6,500    
EBITDA*   $39,295     $43,333    
  Acquisition and integration-related expenses       27,294         -     
  Charge for fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold       10,261         -     
Adjusted EBITDA**   $76,850     $43,333    
Adjusted EBITDA margin     34.7 %     31.0 %  
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA by segment to Income before taxes      
Segment adjusted EBITDA:          
  Electronic Materials   $74,825     $52,897    
  Performance Materials       13,067         1,288    
  Unallocated corporate expenses       (11,042 )       (10,852 )  
  Interest income       1,019         951    
  Interest expense       (6,890 )       (1,132 )  
  Depreciation and amortization       (16,541 )       (6,500 )  
  Charge for fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold       (10,261 )       -    
  Acquisition and integration-related expenses       (27,294 )       -    
Income before income taxes    $16,883     $36,652    
*  EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization      
** Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by excluding items from EBITDA that are believed to be infrequent or not indicative 
  of the company's continuing operating performance.          

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