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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2016
  • Revenue of $100.4 Million Reflects Soft Industry Demand, as Expected
  • GAAP Gross Profit Margin of 50.0 Percent of Revenue; Non-GAAP 51.6 Percent
  • GAAP Earnings Per Share of 46 Cents; Non-GAAP 56 Cents
  • NexPlanar Integration on Schedule
  • As Previously Announced, Initiated Quarterly Cash Dividend Program and Increased Share Repurchase Authorization

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:CCMP), the world’s leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry, today reported financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended December 31, 2015.

During the first fiscal quarter, total revenue was $100.4 million, reflecting continued soft semiconductor industry demand, and including a partial quarter benefit of the company’s acquisition of NexPlanar Corporation, a supplier of advanced CMP pad solutions, which was completed on October 22, 2015.  The company achieved a gross profit margin of 50.0 percent of revenue in the first fiscal quarter; non-GAAP gross profit margin was 51.6 percent of revenue, excluding NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense, which is 70 basis points higher than in the same quarter last year.  The company recorded diluted earnings per share of $0.46 for the first fiscal quarter; non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.56, excluding the referenced costs related to the acquisition.  As of December 31, 2015, the company’s balance sheet reflected a cash balance of $218.1 million and $161.9 million of debt outstanding.

As announced on January 7, 2016, the company’s Board of Directors authorized the initiation of a dividend program under which the company intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends on its common stock.  The company’s Board declared an initial quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share payable on or about April 15, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 17, 2016.  The $0.18 dividend would represent an annualized amount of approximately $18 million.  The Board also authorized an increase in the company’s existing share repurchase program to $150 million, from the approximately $75 million that was available as of December 31, 2015.

“We are pleased with our solid start to fiscal 2016, within a soft semiconductor industry and challenging macro-economic environment, and including the impact of our recent acquisition of NexPlanar,” said David Li, President and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics.  “During the quarter, we made progress on a number of our strategic initiatives, including advancing the integration of NexPlanar into our CMP consumables business.  Customer reactions to our expanded pad product offering have been extremely positive, and we believe that this acquisition will accelerate growth in our pads product area and contribute to meaningful profitable growth for our company.  In addition, during the quarter we continued the transformation of our dielectrics slurry product portfolio.  We continue to broadly commercialize our new family of innovative dielectrics slurry products, which we believe offer our customers much higher performance through significantly lower defectivity, at a much lower cost.  We expect this dielectrics transformation will be another driver of profitable growth for our company over the next several years.”

Mr. Li continued, “Over the years, our strong cash flow has enabled us to execute our growth and investment strategies while also generating cash well in excess of our operational needs.  We are delighted to have recently announced the initiation of a quarterly dividend, coupled with an expanded share repurchase program.  Both of these demonstrate our confidence in our future cash generation capabilities as well as our continued commitment to distributing capital to shareholders.  This dividend initiation represents another element of our well balanced capital deployment strategy.”

Key Financial Information

Total first fiscal quarter revenue of $100.4 million represents a decrease of 10.3 percent compared to the same quarter last year.  Revenue from the company’s CMP pads grew 19.9 percent year-over-year, and includes a partial quarter benefit of $4.0 million from NexPlanar; revenue from all other major product areas decreased.  The decrease reflects continued softness in demand within the global semiconductor industry, continued soft demand for PCs, and competitive dynamics within dielectrics and data storage applications, all of which the company has previously disclosed.  Foreign exchange effects reduced revenue by $1.4 million, primarily due to the weaker Korean won and Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar.

Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue, was 50.0 percent this quarter, which includes $0.7 million of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and $0.9 million of amortization expense.  Excluding these costs, non-GAAP gross profit was 51.6 percent of revenue, which is 70 basis points higher than the 50.9 percent of revenue reported in the same quarter a year ago.  Other factors impacting gross profit this quarter compared to last year include a higher valued product mix, lower logistics costs and costs related to raw material quality, partially offset by lower sales volume.  The company’s full fiscal year GAAP gross profit guidance range of 49 to 51 percent of revenue, including NexPlanar, remains unchanged.

Operating expenses, which include research, development and technical, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses, were $35.8 million in the first fiscal quarter, including $2.1 million of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and $0.4 million of amortization expense.  Operating expenses were $1.4 million higher than the $34.4 million reported in the same quarter a year ago, reflecting costs related to the acquisition, partially offset by the absence of costs associated with certain executive officer transitions that occurred in the same quarter last year, and lower staffing related costs, including incentive compensation costs.  The company is lowering its full fiscal year guidance range for operating expenses to $141 million to $145 million, including NexPlanar; this is $2 million lower than the company’s prior guidance range of $143 million to $147 million.

Net income for the quarter was $11.3 million, or $13.9 million on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the referenced costs related to the NexPlanar acquisition, down from $19.9 million reported in the same quarter last year.  Net income was lower than in the same quarter last year, primarily due to lower revenue, and costs related to the acquisition.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.46 this quarter, or $0.56 on a non-GAAP basis, excluding the referenced costs related to the acquisition, compared to the record level of $0.80 reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

During the first fiscal quarter, the company purchased $10.0 million of stock under its share repurchase program.  Over the last twelve years, the company has distributed approximately $695 million to its shareholders, approximately $345 million through share repurchases, and nearly $350 million in 2012 through a leveraged recapitalization with a special cash dividend.  The company’s key priorities of its balanced capital deployment strategy include funding organic growth opportunities, dividends, share repurchases, and acquisition opportunities in closely-related areas.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation’s quarterly earnings conference call will be held today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.  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. can dial (973) 638-3236.  The conference code for the call is 15926250.  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.


The company presented the following measures considered as non-GAAP by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:  gross profit margin, net income and diluted earnings per share excluding the effects of NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense.  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 NexPlanar acquisition-related costs and amortization expense are not indicative of its core operating results, and thus presents its gross profit margin, net income and diluted earnings per share excluding these costs.  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, including gross profit percentage, net income and diluted earnings per share, is contained in this press release.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry.  The company’s products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers.  The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology.  The company has approximately 1,100 employees on a global basis.  For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit or contact Trisha Tuntland, Director of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.


This news release may include statements that constitute “forward looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities regulations.  These forward-looking statements include statements related to:  future sales and operating results; growth or contraction, and trends in the industry and markets in which the company participates; the company’s management; various economic factors and international events; regulatory or legislative activity; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; the company’s supply chain; natural disasters; the acquisition of or investment in other entities, including NexPlanar; 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, based on a variety of factors; financing facilities and related debt, 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; and the operation of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics Corporation.  These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics’ filings with the SEC, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements.  In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, filed with the SEC.  Cabot Microelectronics assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.


(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)    
  Quarter Ended
  December 31, September 30, December 31,
    2015     2015     2014  
Revenue $   100,369   $   100,137   $   111,934  
Cost of goods sold   50,174     48,115     54,960  
Gross profit   50,195     52,022     56,974  
Operating expenses:      
Research, development & technical   14,828     14,856     15,018  
Selling & marketing   6,749     5,763     7,639  
General & administrative   14,263     13,553     11,751  
Total operating expenses   35,840     34,172     34,408  
Operating income   14,355     17,850     22,566  
Interest expense   1,167     1,494     906  
Other income (expense), net   190     116     1,057  
Income before income taxes   13,378     16,472     22,717  
Provision for income taxes   2,069     3,939     2,801  
Net income $   11,309   $   12,533   $   19,916  
Income available to common shareholders $   11,182   $   12,372   $   19,685  
Basic earnings per share $ 0.46   $ 0.51   $ 0.83  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding   24,142     24,144     23,651  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.46   $ 0.50   $ 0.80  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   24,549     24,583     24,486  


(Unaudited and amounts in thousands)      
  December 31, September 30,  
    2015     2015    
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $   218,118   $   354,190    
Accounts receivable, net     54,998       49,405    
Inventories, net     76,179       70,678    
Other current assets     15,163       20,235    
Total current assets   364,458     494,508    
Property, plant and equipment, net     101,537       93,743    
Other long-term assets     190,690       72,223    
Total assets $   656,685   $   660,474    
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $   13,802   $   15,448    
Current portion of long-term debt     8,750       8,750    
Accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other current liabilities     29,464       36,446    
Total current liabilities   52,016     60,644    
Long-term debt, net of current portion     153,125       155,313    
Other long-term liabilities     15,432       15,553    
Total liabilities     220,573       231,510    
Stockholders' equity     436,112       428,964    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   656,685   $   660,474    


U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation          
Gross Profit as a Percentage of Revenue, Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share  
(Unaudited and amounts in thousands, except per share and percentage amounts)    
The following presents reconciliation of the Non-GAAP financial measures included in the Cabot  
Microelectronics Corporation press release dated January 28, 2016.      
  Three Months Ended December 31, 2015    
  U.S. GAAP Adjustments Non-GAAP    
Gross profit $   50,195     1,591   $   51,786      
Gross profit as a percentage of revenue (1)   50.0 %     51.6 %    
Net income (2) $   11,309   $   2,597   $   13,906      
Diluted earnings per share (3) $ 0.46   $ 0.10   $ 0.56      
(1) Non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of revenue excludes $706 of NexPlanar acquisition-related 
  costs and $885 of NexPlanar amortization expense.  Acquisition-related costs include the fair   
  value markup of NexPlanar inventory sold and post-acquisition employee severance.     
(2) Non-GAAP net income excludes the items mentioned above in (1) plus $2,074 of NexPlanar  
  acquisition-related costs and $362 of NexPlanar amortization expense recorded in operating  
  expenses.  The $2,074 in acquisition-related costs include share-based compensation expense   
  for certain unvested NexPlanar stock options settled in cash at the date of acquisition, post-  
  acquisition employee severance, share-based compensation expense for accelerated vesting of   
  certain replacement stock options, and professional fees incurred directly related to the acquisition.
  These adjustments are partially offset by a $1,430 related increase in the provision for income taxes. 
(3) Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is calculated based upon Non-GAAP net income.  


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